SIMON GRAYSON has warned his faltering Leeds side: "Roll your sleeves up – or else!"
After successive defeats by Southampton and Millwall, the second-placed Whites head to League I leaders Norwich City tomorrow desperate to get their challenge for automatic promotion back on track.
They are just three points ahead of third-placed Millwall, who host basement side Stockport County.
"Everybody can accept the plaudits when things are going well but you have to roll your sleeves up and anybody who does not want to roll their sleeves up might as well disappear out of the club," said Grayson.
"I want people with character and qualities about them to take this football club back up and I have firm belief that we will still do that. It has dented us a little bit and we are hurt by the situation but we have to move on.
"We are still in a good position in that we are three points clear and second in the division with nine games to go and hopefully my team will come out and respond in a positive manner from now until the end of the season to achieve what we set out to achieve at the start."
Norwich, whose manager Paul Lambert is being linked with Celtic after the departure of Tony Mowbray from Parkhead, will go 11 points clear by beating Leeds.
Danny Wilson takes his fourth-placed Swindon Town side to former club Hartlepool United.
And Colchester United, three points above Town in sixth, are at home to Wycombe Wanderers, who host Lee Clark’s side a week tomorrow.
League I rivals Southampton and Carlisle United contest the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday (1.30).