Leeds will be fighting for their lives

LEEDS United will be looking for their fifth consecutive home victory when they take on Ipswich Town in the Championship at Elland Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

By Elvin King

LEEDS United will be looking for their fifth consecutive home victory when they take on Ipswich Town in the Championship at Elland Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

But if they fail to beat the re-juvenated Blues they will have one foot in League One.

Hull - one point above third-from-bottom Leeds - are fancied by many to gain some reward from a visit to Cardiff, a club now run by former Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale.

So any slip-ups for Leeds tomorrow could see them down before their final match at promotion-chasing Derby on Sunday week.

Stand-in skipper David Healy has told his team-mates not to give up hope of avoiding relegation.

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The Northern Ireland striker, who has taken the armband because of the suspension of Jonathan Douglas, said: “We are hanging in there.

“We are not down until it is over and it is important that nobody thinks like that. We've been in this position before and have produced results when it counts. We can do it again.

“Time is running out but we have still got every chance.”

Leeds manager Dennis Wise confirms that his players will be fully focused tomorrow.

He said: “It could be terrible, it could be fantastic.

“I have played a lot in Europe, but as a footballer and manager tomorrow's match means just as much as those nights.”

Striker Tore Andre Flo could return to the bench after fracturing a foot against West Brom in January, while Michael Gray has shaken off the illness which ruled him out of last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

Key player Alan Thompson had last weekend's red card rescinded at an FA hearing on Wednesday, and this is another boost for Wise, who added: “We still have a couple of players we have to check on.”

Leeds' results have improved with three victories in their last five matches, with Healy catching the eye and loan signings Radostin Kishoshev, Michael Gray, Lubomir Michalik and Casper Ankergren giving the squad a lift.

“The side we have now would not have been relegated,” said Wise.

“This is why I want us to stay up - I have got good players and some should be playing at a higher level - but they want to achieve something at this football club which is fantastic.

“I get the feeling that most of the players want to stay if we manage to stay up.”

Likely squads

Leeds United: Ankergren, Richardson, Heath, Rui Marques, Elliott, Blake, Kishishev, Gray, Thompson, Lewis, Cresswell, Healy, Foxe, Kandol, Armando Sa, Stack, Moore, Flo.

Ipswich Town: Supple, Wright, Bruce, Wilnis, Harding, Peters, Williams, Garvan, Roberts, Jeffers, Walters, Lee, O'Callaghan, Price, Miller, Clarke, Richards, Sito, Casement.

Referee: Mr M Jones (Cheshire).

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