Date: 28th August 2015 at 7:00pm
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Head coach Paul Clement has urged the players to be on the front foot from the first minute in this weekend’s clash against Leeds United.

With this being the last game ahead of the first international break of the season, Clement told the Official Site that he wanted the club to go into that break on a high with three points behind us and the best way of doing that is to start brightly, quickly and impose ourselves on the visitors.

‘I know there`s a big rivalry between the clubs and that`s good. This type of game is one to look forward to with the competition, history and tradition. Hopefully the game will be nice and competitive, but played in the right spirit. The atmosphere will be great and hopefully we can start like we did against Middlesbrough in our last home fixture, by taking control of the game and being on the front foot. If we can do that, the fans will be right behind us I am sure.’

Clement does know it’s going to be a tough game though as having done his homework on them, he talks about them being well organised and a side he expects a ‘difficult challenge’ from given the threats they can pose, and with them also seeking their first three points of the year he knows they’ll be doing all they can to make that happen against us, so we need to be ready and on our own game.

‘I`ve said to the players that they have to stay positive and confident, which they are they`re all hungry to get that first win. It would be great to get it on Saturday in front of our home fans; it would provide a boost psychologically going into the international break.’

One thing he knows we need to change is the fact so far we are yet to take a lead in a game, because we can’t keep relying on us being able to fight back from behind as eventually it will bite us.

‘If we can score first I think it will benefit us. You would expect the opponent to open up a bit and try to get back into the game. That would really suit us, but it`s not happened yet. I think when it does happen; I think it will make a big difference.’

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