Chris Wood fired Leicester on their way to a recovery after a mini slump in mid week and his absence is hurting both Millwall and Leeds. Warnock wanted him, but Warnock couldn't afford him, and it was the short sighted decision of the club not to speculate in order to accumulate which means that Leeds are having to come from behind in the amble for a play off place.
But victory over Millwall will see belief surge. It's a game charged with hate. There will be ill will spilling over from the encounter earlier in the season - when ironically, Wood fired the winner - and there exists a deep seated loathing between both sets of fans.
All in all, it is a recipe for a bloody battle. A red card or two would not be a great surprise, and if Hell Hadji makes it onto the pitch, it could get particularly ugly. But Leeds have to win this one and surely will win it. Since Wood has departed, Millwall have been distinctly ordinary, whilst Warnock's team are presently riding on the crest of a wave. That wave is hardly of tsunami proportions but it is surely strong enough to sweep away this very, very poor Millwall team.
Leeds look a banker bet in this one. Away games at Leicester and Palace may give a truer picture of the quality of the present squad but, for the time being at least, Leeds are in with a shout of the play offs. And if they squeak into sixth place, who knows what might happen!
Warnock asked for three games to change the world. Another clean sheet and a goal or two in the opposition onion bag and suddenly he will have moved from zero to hero. The granite for that Warnock statue is on order as we speak!