The Mail claim insiders at Elland Road state that the mood at Leeds United remains in high spirits despite a dismal run of form that saw Leeds last win a game – in all competitions – back on November 5, the 4-3 victory over Bournemouth.

In 21 matches in all competitions this season, Leeds have won just five times. A really poor record. It is seven games since Leeds last picked up a win – drawing three. That included the third-round tie against Cardiff, a 2-2 draw in Wales.

Leeds are in action in the third-round replay on Wednesday night at Elland Road. After a very positive performance at Villa – which resulted in an unfair 2-1 defeat – they have a chance to end a poor run of form. They should beat Cardiff.

The mood at Elland Road could have been forgiven for being poor one, given the form. But The Mail says insiders at Leeds say that the mood around the camp remains a positive one – after Jesse Marsch seemed energised on Tuesday.

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“Around the Thorp Arch training ground, insiders say the mood remains upbeat and the players are on board with Marsch’s methods,” The Mail report on Tuesday, ahead of our 22nd match of the season against managerless Cardiff.

Leeds mood remains in high spirits despite dismal run of form of late

The display at Villa was excellent. It came down to moments, as Gary Neville said during commentary on Sky Sports. Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia scored for Villa with arguably, their only two decent chances. Leeds had huge chances.

Rodrigo had a goal disallowed, one cleared off the line. Jack Harrison had a golden chance but Emi Martinez pulled off a stunning stop. Willy Gnonto also tested Villa’s World Cup winner in goal. A display like that breeds more confidence.

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