Duberry admits pride is hurt

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Michael Duberry admits Leeds United's desperate plight this season has been a hammer blow to his pride.

The centre half has endured an injury-plagued campaign himself but is determined to keep The Whites in The Premiership.

Leeds have three games to save themselves but are three points adrift of Manchester City and have an inferior goal difference.

With the club's financial situation merely adding to the gloom at Elland Road, Duberry concedes this season has been one of 'hurt'.

The former Chelsea stopper also acknowledges that battling to avoid relegation is a stark contrast to the joys of challenging for honours at home and abroad of previous campaigns.

"It burns and it hurts because it's all about pride," said Duberry. "We're right down there and some of the results this year and the beatings we've had, it all hurts deeply.

"You look at the table and to see Leeds down there really hurts. Over half this squad is used to being near the top of the table and playing in Europe.

"When you go from up there to down here it's a different world.

"I've sampled the caviar side of football. Now I'm just on the bread and butter and it's not nice.

"I don't want to play anywhere but the Premier League and that's what every player from the Nationwide Division Three up wants.

"That's why so many foreign players come here. The Premier League is the best in the world.

"That is incentive enough for anyone over these last three games."