Wise targets Saints visit
By Chris Harvey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Leeds manager Dennis Wise is already looking ahead to Saturday's trip to Southampton after securing a crucial 1-0 home win over Burnley.
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Leeds hung on to Matt Heath's (pictured) towering first half header to bounce back from the Easter Monday defeat at Colchester.
Leeds remain in the bottom three but moved level on points with Hull City who drew with Colchester, while Barnsley and Leicester, who lost, are two points better off. Bottom two Luton and Southend both suffered home defeats.
Wise said: "We've pulled Hull closer and also now I think Leicester are two points in front of us as well. It's interesting.
"It's been down to the players. It would have been easy to go flat (after defeat at Colchester), but they showed they were up for it, ready for it and they're having a real bash at it.
"It's taken us a long time to try to sort this situation out, a long time, but we're gradually getting there.
Wise now turns to Saturday's trip to St Mary's, adding: "I'm looking forward to it. It's a massive game for them. Expectations there were very high at the start of the season to get promotion.
"They've got enough quality there to be in the top two to be honest, so they may be in a false position where they are."
Leeds dominated the first half against Burnley and should have wrapped the game up in the first half.
Frazer Richardson saw his thundering 30-yard volley rebound off the crossbar soon after Heath had broken the deadlock and Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen then kept out Richard Cresswell's header in brilliant fashion.
Visiting manager Steve Cotterill conceded his players left him frustrated after the first period, but insisted his side had been in command after the break.
Cotterill said: "The second half we dominated. I don't think they got in our half hardly in the second half.
"But that's probably going to happen, especially if they get their noses in front they're not going to gamble too much at the end.
"But it was frustrating in the first half because we didn't do the things we did in the second."
Cotterill conceded his side had found it difficult to create any openings due to Leeds' determined defending.
"Part of that was decent defending by them, but you would be right with that assessment.
"But had we played like that for the full 90 minutes they wouldn't have got near our goal to score in the first place."