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Leeds United “mindset” key in escaping relegation, Dorigo claims

The collective mentality of all those at Leeds United is even more crucial than tactics when it comes to escaping Premier League relegation this season, says club legend Tony Dorigo.

The former Whites defender’s comments come after back-to-back home defeats for Leeds – 1-5 to Crystal Palace and 1-6 to Liverpool.

It is the Yorkshire side’s defence which has come under particular scrutiny in recent times, which is unsurprising considering that they have conceded 11 goals in 2 matches – making it the first time in the club’s history that they have conceded at least 5 goals in consecutive league fixtures.

Understandably, confidence surrounding Javi Gracia’s side is at an all-time low. Not only in the players who look devoid of belief – but in the supporters as well – with both matches seeing Elland Road empty early and boos echo around the stadium at full time.

Turning this negativity around is crucial in ensuring Leeds avoid relegation for the second season in a row, claims Dorigo.

“I think rather than speaking of particular players or formations, I really do think it’s more of a mindset and the group saying let’s get this together, do it correctly and give it everything to show what we’re about,” Dorigo wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

“In the last two games they haven’t done that and the result has been Elland Road emptying before full-time.”

With a crucial clash against Fulham coming on Saturday, the Leeds faithful will be hoping that their side will give them something to celebrate after a dismal couple of matches.

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