Warnock calls for more of the same from Leeds

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Neil Warnock has challenged his Leeds United players to replicate the form they showed in midweek in the dispensing of Blackpool.

United turned in arguably one of their more polished performances of the season in ruining Paul Ince’s first game in charge of the Seasiders.

But if they are to prove that the 2-0 win was not a flash in the pan, and that there is life left in them in the race for the play-offs, then the manager wants them to repeat that performance at Blackburn today, and beyond.

“It’s one of those now where we’ve got to get the same level of performance,” said Warnock.

“We’re playing a top team, but Blackpool are a good team and three out of the next four are probably the toughest three games we could have away from home – Blackburn, Leicester, Palace.

“It’s going to be a test of us now, but I do think we’re a better side now than we’ve been for a long time. But this (stretch) will put us to the test because all three of these teams have got to fancy being in the play-offs.”

One of the main reasons why Leeds find themselves six points adrift of the top six is their away form. From their 16 road trips in the Championship they have garnered just three wins and four draws, with nine defeats the prominent statistic.

To improve their fortunes on the road, Warnock said: “We have to be better on the ball, better up front. When our forwards play well you tend to think that we play well, and that hasn’t happened of late away from home.”

Gulf Finance House, the parent company of Leeds United owner GFH Capital, have announced a profit of around £6.5m for 2012.

The Bahraini investment bank made $10.03m in the past 12 months, up from $0.38m in 2011.

Gulf Finance House is technically the owner of Leeds having authorised executives of GFH Capital to lead the takeover of the Championship club last year.

Gulf Finance House’s latest balance sheet shows that around £21m was spent on the “acquisition of subsidiary”, a possible indication of the true cost of buying out ex-Leeds owner Ken Bates.

The subsidiary concerned is described as “held for sale”, a term which often indicates a plan to sell the asset in the near future.