Leeds on the offensive

JOE Royle's Ipswich side don't tend to take much notice of how the opposition operates, relying on their own adventurous attacking style.Royle is not bothered about David Healy's goal threat as he is happy that Town can outscore anyone.

By Derek Davis

JOE Royle's Ipswich side don't tend to take much notice of how the opposition operates, relying on their own adventurous attacking style.

Royle is not bothered about David Healy's goal threat as he is happy that Town can outscore anyone.

Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell is adopting a similar philosophy and believes the addition of Healy, signed from Preston, and John Oster, on loan from Sunderland, now gives them the firepower to be more offensive.


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With the ageing Brian Deane up front United will use Healy wide left and Oster wide right in a three up front system when attacking which changes to a 4-5-1 when they don't have the ball.

Sean Gregan looks set to take his place in front of the back four, despite a nasty shin injury with Jermaine Wright the attacking central midfielder, who has already struck up a good understanding with Healy, who scored twice in the 4-2 win at his old club Preston last week.

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Blackwell said: “I have some of the best players in this division and I want us to go home and away and play good football.

“I don't want us to defend all the time.

“We were far more offensive at Preston last weekend and our midfield worked well.

“We might have to tinker slightly with the system at Ipswich because we have to be flexible.

“As time evolves I want the team to be more aggressive away from home. In time we will get to that stage.

“It was a good performance at Preston, confidence is high and we are looking to continue this at Ipswich.”

Away from the pitch Blackwell's problem is keeping his players focused as talks of a takeover dominate. Now it appears the club will have to sell Elland Road and then lease it back after a British/American consortium headed by Sebastien Sainsbury failed in its bid to buy the club.

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