PONTUS JANSSON insists all the pressure will be on hosts Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow and not Leeds United.
Leeds were knocked off top spot in midweek by a 3-1 defeat to Cardiff City, the club’s second loss in three league outings.
With their rivals at the top of the Championship playing today, United could have slipped further adrift by kick-off at Hillsborough.
Leeds come from 15 tough years, but we are on our way back. Let them hate us, I don’t care. Everyone wants to beat us. Leeds are a team that a lot of people hate in this country. I have seen that.Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson
But defender Jansson is adamant that Wednesday are the team most in need of a lift.
“It is a derby with a lot of people and a lot of emotions,” said the Swede.
“We have to be prepared for that, but we have to go out from the first minute and show we want to win because that can make them a bit more scared.
“They have pressure on them and we also have pressure on us, but there is a bigger pressure on them because they have started badly.
“They have to come out now and make a good performance.”
Little love has been lost traditionally in this fixture and Jansson is expecting more of the same in front of the Sky cameras.
“People hate Leeds for a reason,” he added. “It is because Leeds were a fantastic club in the past. Also now and I hope in the future.
“I always talk about my past in Malmo. People in Sweden don’t like Malmo because Malmo is too good for the others. That can be the reason why others don’t like Leeds.
“Leeds come from 15 tough years, but we are on our way back. Let them hate us, I don’t care.
“Everyone wants to beat us. Leeds are a team that a lot of people hate in this country. I have seen that. Take Millwall as an example. Leeds are a big rival for Millwall, you could see that from the first minute, and we weren’t 100 per cent ready for that.”