Elland Road inspiration for Leeds United ace Luke Murphy

Leeds United’s Luke Murphy, left

Leeds United’s Luke Murphy, left

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Luke Murphy is hoping that a return to Elland Road this weekend can help boost Leeds United’s play-off hopes, and thinks the fans have a big role to play.

Leeds host Bolton on Sunday, after a run of four points in as many games on the road which has left them 12th in the Sky Bet Championship and eight points adrift of a play-off spot.

However, midfielder Murphy has revealed hopes are still high within the squad. “At the moment, it is a real positive camp,” he said. “We’ve had four away games now, we managed to win one of them and get two draws.

“The last time we played at home it was a really good day and we beat Huddersfield 5-1.

“The fans were terrific that day and hopefully we can have a repeat of that on Sunday.”

The former Crewe player, who has been in good form of late, added: “I think that this next month is crucial for us if we want to try to get promoted. The club have shown that is what we are trying to do.

“We have brought in some really good international players. The manager has made a statement that he is not happy to settle for mid-table. He wants us to push on and try to get promoted.”

Murphy is of course referring to the loan signings of Jack Butland and Connor Wickham, who will both make their home debuts this weekend against a Bolton side languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Meanwhile, manager Brian McDermott hasn’t ruled out the possibility of further signings, saying: “We are maybe looking at bringing one more player in on loan.”

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