The eagerly anticipated Leeds v Newcastle match is now only three days away and no lack of confidence oozing out of Elland Road.
After a poor start to the season Garry Monk has worked wonders and lifted Leeds United into the top six, with the potential to go as high as third if defeating Newcastle.
Eighteen year old midfielder Ronaldo Vieira is in no doubt as to what he and his teammates are capable of, saying ‘I think we have got a good enough team to beat Newcastle’ and adding that there is ‘nothing to fear’ in the Championship.
As we have seen at St James Park under Rafa Benitez, winning games breeds confidence, especially key matches.
Newcastle came back and dramatically beat Norwich City in injury time, setting in motion an eight games (and counting…) winning run on the back of that.
Before the international break, Vieira scored a similarly dramatic winner in injury time at Carrow Road, a result that has catapulted them into those play-off spots, only a point behind Norwich though still 11 behind Newcastle.
In two weeks time Leeds entertain Aston Villa and so after facing all three relegated teams, Garry Monk and his players will have a pretty good idea of just how far they can go this season.
Newcastle have already beaten plenty of Championship teams who were in a run of form, a win on Sunday could arguably top the lot.
“It (Newcastle) is a tough game but Norwich was a tough game as well and we came out with a result.
“We will see how we go but I think we have got a good enough team to beat Newcastle and go on and do well this season, we have got nothing to fear in this league.
“So we are just going to go out there and do what we practice during our sessions, with everyone helping the team, doing their best and we will see how we get on.
“I’m just there to do my best and hopefully help the team like I did at Norwich.
“I have just got to keep doing my best and helping the team. Everyone is focused.
“I know we had a good result at Norwich but it’s gone now and we have just got to focus on the Newcastle game that’s next.
“Everything has been going well, everyone is training well and staying focused. We all know what we have got to do against Newcastle and throughout the rest of the season.”