Leeds United struggled in their last game against Ipswich, ultimately falling to a 4-1 loss against Mick McCarthy’s side, having taken an early lead in the game through Italian striker Mirco Antenucci.
Antenucci retains his place in the starting line-up for the game against Fulham at Elland Road today, and will partner Souleymane Doukara up front, who he has combined well with regularly.
It will be interesting to see how the duo perform, with former Leeds hero Ross McCormack on display for Fulham to remind fans of the Whites what they lost in the summer.
That move cost the London side £11 million.
Leeds have made no alterations to the side that lost 4-1 to Ipswich, with Guiseppe Bellusci missing out after failing to recover from a strain in time for today’s clash.
Stephen Warnock retains the captain’s armband, which he took after Pearce lost his place in the side.
Adryan, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Tommasso Bianchi continue in midfield.
Sam Byram plays on the right side of defence, with Liam Cooper partnering Pearce.
Marco Silvestri remains in between the sticks for the Elland Road side.
Casper Sloth has returned to the bench after a long absence.
Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has revealed to BBC Radio Leeds that he believes yesterday’s ruling on Massimo Cellino is a backwards step for the Elland Road side.
Cellino was yesterday barred from running Leeds, having been judged to not be a fit and proper person by the Football League, as a result of his tax fraud case in Italy.
While this ruling has occurred previously, Cellino will likely be forced to relinquish control of the club 28 days after the appeals process, assuming he does not pass.
Pearce believes that this is a negative.
The Italian owner has been a controversial figure since buying Leeds, but there was a sense that he was getting the club on the right foot, with the right coach in Neil Redfearn in charge.
The defender has held the armband since the start of the season, but was dropped for the game against Derby County, which the Whites won 2-0.
He told the press: “He (Cellino) has been slowly changing things for the better but as things were starting to move on the up it’s taken a backward step maybe.
“Hopefully it’ll have a positive outcome and the club will be ok.”
Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has praised Darko Milanic’s decision to keep the team relatively unchanged for the away clash with Brentford on Saturday, as reported by BBC Radio Leeds.
The club has been undefeated for the last four games, when they were coached by caretaker Neil Redfearn.
During those four games, Leeds managed three victories, with their only draw coming away from home against Birmingham City.
Elsewhere, they beat Bolton at home 1-0. They followed the Birmingham clash with a 3-1 win against Bournemouth on the south coast, before returning to Elland Road and romping to a huge 3-0 win against West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.
Understandably, Pearce is happy to hear the news that the new coach, who was unveiled to the fans on Wednesday, will not make heavy changes, as he told the Slovenian press yesterday.
The captain said: “We feel like we’ve got that winning mentality and a positive vibe.
“I think anyone would be silly to make radical changes.”
Leeds could climb into the play off positions on Saturday with a win, assuming results elsewhere go their way.