BARNSLEY: Warnock predicts ‘difficult’ Yorkshire derby

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NEIL Warnock has warned his Leeds United side to expect a “difficult” clash at bottom-of-the-table Barnsley.

The Whites manager is refusing to underestimate the managerless South Yorkshire outfit as they look to bolster their promotion hopes.

Warnock said: “I always think the games against the teams at the bottom end of the division are far harder because everybody expects you to do things.

“I know how difficult it is at Barnsley. They actually gave us a lesson at Elland Road; they battered us for half an hour. How they didn’t score I’ll never know. That’s the fine line in management I suppose and two or three of the other games I’ve seen them play, they’ve been very unfortunate.

“And the way they play, they’re really solid and hard and I’m sure with the Yorkshire crowd behind them, they’re one of my old clubs and I really enjoyed myself at Barnsley, so it’s an exciting atmosphere and I’m looking forward to it.”

Leeds have completed the permanent signing of ex-Sheffield United midfielder Michael Tonge from Stoke for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old, who played 10 times during a three-month loan spell at Barnsley last season, made over 260 appearances for the Blades before a reported £2m transfer took him to Stoke in the summer of 2008.