Leeds Prepares for Wembley Final

By: Krissy Haze

Leeds United Manager Gary McAllister has assured fans that their team will be well prepared for the play-off final against Doncaster Rovers on Sunday. If Leeds United wins the all-important match, which takes place at the world-famous Wembley Stadium, they will be promoted into the Cola Cola Championship next season.

McAllister said that he will to make full use of the club’s top-notch training facilities at the Thorp Arch training complex in order to prepare his team for their most important game since the 2006 Championship play-off final in Cardiff. He said: "We might not have world-class players, or players with wonderful technique and touch, but there's no reason why our preparation can't be world class. We'll try to prepare as best we can."

McAllister said that he was confident about his team’s chances of winning. He said: "This is why you get involved in professional sport and why you want to be at clubs who are competitive and have a chance of achieving something."

Sean O'Driscoll, who manages of Doncaster Rovers, admitted that Leeds United were the "favourites" to win the all-Yorkshire final. He said: "You have to give them credit. I have watched the two play-off games against Carlisle and they are a good side." However, he also said that – regardless of the outcome – Sunday’s match would be great for Yorkshire as a whole. He said: "It’s a Yorkshire derby and it will be a good occasion for everybody"

Still, although he admitted that Leeds United were a "good side", O’Driscoll still said that he and his team would be doing their best to win. He said: "We will both be prepared and we have both got one foot in the door of the Championship. But only of us is going through – and we have to do our best to make sure it is us."

James Hayter, who is a striker with Doncaster Rovers, also acknowledged that Leeds were a strong side. He said: "Leeds are a good team" I watched the Carlisle game and thought they did very well. But if we get our passing football going, the Wembley pitch could suit us"

Leeds United won their place in the Wembley final by beating Carlisle United, while Doncaster Rovers achieved a place in the final by beating Southend in an impressive 5-1 victory at their the Keepmoat stadium, which is their home ground.

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