Monty seeks favour from home-town club

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NICK Montgomery hopes Leeds do not bear a grudge after being beaten at Bramall Lane.

Instead the Sheffield United midfielder, whose tireless display helped put his home-town club to the sword during Saturday’s Yorkshire derby, hopes Simon Grayson’s side can return to winning ways between now and the end of the season.

Leeds face struggling Derby County and Crystal Palace next month with the latter arguably United’s fiercest rivals in the battle for Championship survival.

Montgomery said: “We’ve got to focus on doing our own jobs. But, at the same time, it would be good if Leeds can also do us a favour by winning their games.

“They’re a good team and they’ll be looking to bounce back quickly. So long as we keep concentrating on what we’re doing then it could be good for us if they do. Our most important job, though, is trying to look after ourselves.”

United climbed to within four points of Palace following their 2-0 win over the visitors from Elland Road.

Micky Adams’ squad, who are 22nd in the table, return to action at league leaders Queens Park Rangers on Monday April 4.

Palace’s next match is a home fixture against Barnsley and manager Dougie Freedman said: “I don’t really care what the teams around us are doing. I feel our results can take us away from doing that.

“I’ve got match-winners here.”