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.”