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Match preview: Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
11:01am Friday 31st August 2012 in Sport
LEEDS United’s new-found defensive solidity will be put to its sternest test so far by the swift return of a West Yorkshire hit-man.
Blackburn Rovers are the visitors to Elland Road tomorrow and in their ranks will be new signing Jordan Rhodes, who has just joined the Lancashire club in an £8 million deal from Huddersfield town.
Rhodes, who bagged a stunning 87 goals in 148 games for Huddersfield, will now be the chief spearhead of Rovers’ bid to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.
But Leeds are not without their own firepower. Their front pairing of Luciano Becchio and Rhodes’ fellow Scottish international Ross McCormack have already clicked into dynamic action to the delight of manager Neil Warnock.
And he has been boosted further by the 3-0 midweek Capital Cup conquest of Oxford United, which included a cracking strike from Sam Byram, the York-born youngster who signed a new three-year deal last week.
Said Warnock: “I rested six players, but those that came in were excellent.
“There were no weaknesses anywhere. Everybody showed plenty of commitment.”