Wise backs battling Leeds
By Chris Harvey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dennis Wise believes his Leeds side have what it takes to avoid relegation.
Leeds manager Dennis Wise believes his side have what it takes to avoid relegation to Coca Cola League One in spite of their 3-2 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
The defeat, which sees Leeds remain rock-bottom of the Championship, was overshadowed by news skipper Kevin Nicholls wants to quit Elland Road.
But Wise responded by saying the remainder of his squad are committed to Leeds' survival bid.
"Please don't knock my players. My players have done fantastic," the former Millwall boss said.
"They're all in it together. They are trying to dig in and get out of it.
"You'll not see one of my players jack it in at the moment. They are giving me all the effort I could ask of them and they have got to keep doing what they're doing and keep believing.
"I genuinely believe we'll get out of this. I do not regret taking on this job in a million years, I'm telling you."
Wednesday manager Brian Laws admitted he had feared the worst after watching his side concede two late goals before hanging on for victory.
"I enjoyed the game apart from the last 10 minutes," said Laws. "I thought we were excellent, fast out of the blocks, creative and you could see we had a bit of an edge to our game."
Laws was full of praise for on-loan goalkeeper Iain Turner.
"Iain Turner pulled off some great saves to keep us in the game and that's where Leeds are failing at the moment.
"They are creating chances, but they're not finishing them off."
Laws said Marcus Tudgay's early second-half dismissal for kicking the ball away - he was booked in the first period - was "embarrassing".
"How hard is it to hear a whistle when there's 25,000 fans whistling? Ridiculous.
"But Sheffield Wednesday like to make things hard. That last five minutes when it got to 3-2 seemed like a lifetime."