CUP warrior Chris Brandon today underlined how keen Town are to reward the fans for monumental backing this season.
An all-ticket following of 5,100 helped swell the gate to 30,115 at Elland Road last night as Town were beaten 1-0 in the Carling Cup first round by Leeds United.
Apart from the play-off final in Cardiff, it was the first time Town have played to a 30,000-plus crowd since Chris Beech scored the winner against Manchester City in November 1999, when 32,936 watched at Maine Road.
While Town will welcome their share of the cash from a bumper gate, Brandon summed up the disappointment of an early exit from the competition, a third defeat on the trot and a fourth straight match without scoring.
"The support we got last night was fantastic and the atmosphere at Elland Road was brilliant," said Brandon, noting well over 3,000 had travelled to see Town tackle Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
"The supporters are turning up in big numbers and the lads are desperate to reward them for everything they are putting into the season.
"Once again we felt we were hard done by last night with a few things which didn't drop for us in the box and a few decisions which didn't go our way, but the supporters kept right behind us to the final whistle and the lads really appreciate that."
Brandon caught the eye in his third start for the club on a night when Peter Jackson recalled Pawel Abbott to the front line at the expense of Junior Mendes.
Town's barren goal run now stretches to 360 minutes, however, and that's a major worry ahead of the holiday double against Peterborough at home on Saturday - they lost 3-0 last night at home to Milton Keynes Dons - and Doncaster at Belle Vue on Monday (3.00).
"The lads are working hard, playing some good stuff and we are confident we can turn things around," added Brandon.
"Personally, I'm delighted to be in the starting line-up because I came to this club to be involved in these big games but, obviously, I want to help us get some better results and get back among the goals."
The last time Town went four matches without scoring was in October and November 2002 when, en route to relegation, they lost 1-0 away to both Bristol City and Cheltenham and drew 0-0 at home to Wycombe before losing 1-0 at Swindon in the FA Cup first round.
It was only a couple of months earlier that they went five matches without scoring, starting with a goalless draw at Northampton and continuing with League defeats to QPR, Luton and Oldham before a 1-0 Worthington Cup exit to Burnley.