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McDermott confident of Leeds success

Leeds boss Brian McDermott insists he can get the club "into the right place" if he is given enough time.

His side head into Saturday's Sky Bet Championship lunch-time kick-off against table-toppers Leicester at Elland Road having lost their last four games across all competitions.

The latest defeat was a 6-0 thrashing at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the league last weekend and Leeds are currently 11th in the table, four points behind Brighton, present occupiers of the final play-off position.

In his previous job McDermott, who was appointed as Leeds manager in April, took Reading from the Championship relegation zone to the title - and thus, into the Barclays Premier League - in the space of two-and-a-half seasons.

McDermott said the Leeds board had been fully supportive, as he prepares for the tricky fixture against the leaders:

Robins ponders Lolley debut

Huddersfield Town travel to third placed QPR in good shape after winning three of their last four matches, and with two new strikers in their ranks.

Nahki Wells - signed from Bradford City a week ago - scored on his debut last Saturday against Millwall, and will feature in the squad, but manager Mark Robins has yet to decide whether he will include Joe Lolley, brought in for £250,000 from non-league Kidderminster on Wednesday.

Robins spoke to Calendar's John Shires, and says he expects to give QPR a good game:

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Bruce relishes Norwich reunion

Hull City will travel to Norwich tomorrow armed with a brand new strike force.

Republic of Ireland international, Shane Long today completed a £7 million transfer from West Brom and goes straight into the squad alongside Nikica Jelavic, who signed from Everton earlier in the week.

Manager Steve Bruce will be hoping they can provide the spark against a team he knows very well:

Vaughn boost for Huddersfield

Huddersfield's leading goalscorer James Vaughan hopes to return from injury and latest signing Nahki Wells could make his full debut against promotion chasing QPR.

Vaughan tussles with QPR's Nedum Onuoha in the fixture earlier in the season Credit: Press Association

Vaughan has been sidelined since December 21 due to an ankle injury, while Wells stepped off the bench to score the Terriers' last-minute winner last week following his £1.3million switch from Bradford.

Boss Mark Robins is still without defender Joel Lynch (hip) and skipper Peter Clarke remains sidelined following knee surgery as Town chase their first league win on the road in four matches.

USA international hoping to spread wings as an Owl

Sheffield Wednesday's latest signing Oguchi Onyewu is hoping to make his debut.

Oguchi Onyewu could make his debut for the Owls Credit: Press Association

The United States defender joined the Owls last week but was ineligible for the midweek FA Cup replay win against Macclesfield.

Connor Wickham is expected to return to the starting line-up - he does not have permission from parent club Sunderland to play in the FA Cup - and fellow striker Caolan Lavery will also return to the squad as he too was ineligible.

Chris Kirkland will be back in goal in place of on-loan Damian Martinez, while Michail Antonio, Giles Coke

(both hamstring), Lewis Buxton (groin), Kamil Zayatte, Martin Taylor (both ankle) and Anthony Gardner (Achilles) are still out.

Leeds without suspended Smith for Foxes clash

Leeds will be without suspended striker Matt Smith for their clash with Leicester, after he was sent off in last week's thrashing at Sheffield Wednesday.

Matt Smith is suspended for the weekends clash with Leicester Credit: Press Association

Recent signings Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart are hoping to make their home debuts on their respective wings, while manager Brian McDermott may make one or two other tactical changes.

Leading goalscorer Ross McCormack will skipper the side for the first time after taking over the captain's armband this week from midfielder Rudy Austin.

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Keegan eyes Rovers return

Paul Keegan could be back in the reckoning for Doncaster having been out with a hamstring injury since the start of November. He has been given a 50-50 chance of being involved by manager Paul Dickov.

Paul Keegan could make his return from injury this weekend Credit: Press Association

Paul Quinn is still struggling with the knee injury that ruled him out at Blackburn but fellow defenders Jamie McCombe (back) and Rob Jones (neck) are making progress in their recoveries.

New signing Gabriel Tamas is available should his international clearance come through.

Trio in line for Barnsley home debuts

Barnsley's new signings Liam Lawrence and Ryan McLaughlin could make their first appearances for the club while Brek Shea is poised for his home debut.

USA international, Brek Shea could make his home debut Credit: Press Association

Boss Danny Wilson will be without defender Bobby Hassell (calf), midfielder Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) and striker Marcus Pedersen (thigh). Winger Jim O'Brien has a groin problem, but is expecting to be included in the squad.

Wilson is still chasing his first win since returning to the club last month, with the Tykes without a win in their last six league games.

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