More to come from Nicholson

Luke Varney is hoping to stay in his more familiar striker’s

role when Leeds look to build on new manager Brian McDermott’s

winning start against Burnley on Tuesday night.

McDermott, who steered Leeds to victory over Sheffield Wednesday

in his first game in charge, played Varney in a more accustomed

central role up front alongside Ross McCormack and was rewarded

with a two-goal haul.

“I must admit I took it too literally in a 4-4-2 at the start of

the season,” said Varney, who had been asked to play in a wide

midfield role under previous boss Neil Warnock.

“I’d never really played left midfield. When I start a game,

it’s in my head I have got to tuck in when I want to get the ball

further up the pitch.

“When I’m wide, I have to get crosses in and that’s not really

me. I don’t assist in goals.

“I’d like to think I can get in behind and in on goal. I do miss

a few chances, but like to think I put as many in.”

Leeds secured their first success in eight games on Saturday and

back-to-back home wins would see them take another big stride

towards guaranteeing safety.

“It’s been instilled in us to be positive and have no fear and

that is what we will do,” Varney added.

“I’m sure we will go into Tuesday night positive. We’ve not had

many good midweek results here apart from the Blackpool one and

hopefully, it’s one where we can start well and keep that mentality

of passing and getting forward and having no fear of getting on the


The 34-year-old joined the Football League newboys over the

summer after an injury-plagued four years at Preston.

Nicholson has made 21 starts and a further 12 substitute

appearances with his fitness holding up for the most part, but

would like to have seen greater consistency in his game.

“I’d obviously like to have played more, you always want to play

and when you’re not in the side it’s disappointing,” he said.

“I think I’ve been a little bit inconsistent and with the team

that’s probably how we’ve been.

“The amount of draws and wins and losses are around about the

same, so it’s been a pretty inconsistent season and I’ll include

myself in that. It probably could be better.”