Sheffield Wednesday: Leeds boss targets first win against Owls

Leeds boss Darko Milanic
Leeds boss Darko Milanic

Head coach Darko Milanic has claimed Leeds United lack the experience to be consistent at Championship level.

The former Slovenian international is still searching for his first goal and victory as Whites boss, having landed the job just over a week ago.

Speaking after their goalless draw with Reading, Milanic said: “This team is very young and it’s normal when the team is young. It’s not easy to keep the stability and to play all the Championship (games) well they need experience.”

Milanic, brought in just over a week ago by colourful Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, believes it is “extremely important” he secures his first win in charge of the West Yorkshire club against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

“It’s extremely important,” he said. “It will be different. Sheffield play different and it will be difficult. They have one day more to regenerate, but we have to do our best.”

The 46-year-old, who won nine domestic trophies with Slovenia’s Maribor before joining Sturm Graz in 2013, was encouraged by the team’s performance versus Reading.

“I saw a better team,” said Milanic, who quit Sturm Graz on Sunday September 21, penning a two-year deal with Leeds. “I think everybody saw the same as I did. We didn’t win but the players want to play good and compact and to play together.

“We had a dynamic from the beginning. We had aggression and tempo. We made some mistakes with the pass. We weren’t dangerous. We made too many bad last passes.”

Leeds won three and drew one under caretaker-boss Neil Redfearn following the sacking of Dave Hockaday, who lasted just six matches.