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Prutton backs under-fire manager

David Prutton
Prutton's side have fallen nine points behind leaders Leicester

Leeds United midfielder believes there is "no need for drastic action" to reverse the club's fortunes.

Leeds have slipped outside the League One play-off places and were knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Histon.

Some fans have called for manager Gary McAllister to be replaced, but Prutton insists the team are fully behind him.

"I think that's extremely drastic especially after the ups and downs we've had here over the last few years," Prutton told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I don't see how doing that would do any good.

"I don't think the players have heard anything along those drastic lines but I don't suppose you can control people's reactions to things that they deem to be drastic.

"You look at the Histon game, but in the grand scheme of things it's just a game in a season.

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"We're focussed on something to get us promoted and you get games like that, but I don't think there's any call for any kind of drastic action."

Leeds are looking to end a run of three successive defeats when they host Colchester on Saturday, but Prutton has insisted that some of the criticism that has come their way has been unfair.

"If you're looking at the criticisms and the fact that people are saying we're letting goals in, then you can't really say we're not, because the fact of the matter is that we have.

"I don't really read that much in the papers, but when you do read it, then it's sometimes staggering to read what people have put, and I mean that with the greatest respect.

"You look at it and you think 'it's just ridiculous' but you soon learn when you're younger not to get carried away if a paper says you're great or if you're not because more often than not they're completely wrong."

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