DEAN HOYLE reckons Town now need to average two points per match to become genuine League I play-off contenders – and hopes to kick-off the club’s top-six challenge by completing a derby double over Leeds tomorrow.
The chairman-elect, who has bankrolled the signings of Lukas Jutkiewicz, Jonathan Tehoue, Anthony Pilkington, Lionel Ainsworth, Dominik Werling and Lee Novak in the transfer window, hopes a bumper 20,000-plus crowd will help roar Lee Clark’s side to a significant three points in the high noon all-ticket showdown.
Hoyle, who sat with Town’s fans during the 2-1 victory at Elland Road earlier this season, commented: “I don’t think a draw is much good to either club. We certainly need to win, so it will be a very interesting game.
“We are handily placed in the table (10th, four points and three places behind Leeds), but the clock is ticking on games and we need to average two points out of every one.
“There wouldn’t be a better way to start than by taking three against Leeds because if we are going to have a promotion push, we need a run to come together as soon as we can.”
Two points a game would take Town to 76, the same number Southend made the play-offs with last season.
Everton loan man Jutkiewicz is expected to make his debut tomorrow and Hoyle has called on the fans to be Town’s ‘12th man’.
“The supporters have a massive role to play and, if we go behind, they’ve got an even bigger role to play,” said the boardroom chief.
“The atmosphere will be electric and we’ve got to show our management team what these West Yorkshire derbies are all about.
“People talk about Liverpool, Manchester and Tyneside, but this for our fans is even more of an important derby. It showed over at Elland Road what it meant to everyone and we got a fantastic result to kick-start our season. A win this time would be massive for us again and I know everyone is looking forward to it.”