With all the early season promise long gone Leeds United are under pressure to perform when they return to action at home to Birmingham on Sunday.
While the season is not exactly down to do or die just yet with 35 league games still remaining an improved performance will be demanded by supporters beginning to question whether another season of mediocrity beckons, or worse, a battle to stay out of the relegation zone.
Disappointing displays as well as bad results have seen the Whites drop into the bottom half of the table with manager Brian McDermott admitting he is still searching to find a winning formula.
But the enforced international break has given him time to clear his head as well as give the players a chance to recharge their batteries before getting down to some vital work on the training ground.
Assistant manager Nigel Gibbs revealed that the players had been given a few days off last week, but had got back down to some hard work after coming back in on Thursday.
“We gave them a couple of days off to recover because we had a very heavy schedule but we were back in on Thursday and preparing for the Birmingham game.
“The work doesn’t stop during the international break. We have to get the balance right between training and recovery and there is a little bit of maintenance work going on for lads that are carrying knocks.
“We would have loved to have come into this break with a victory but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
“But we are going to use the break well and we are going to prepare for Birmingham.
“We’ll be getting some work out of the players and reinforce what we have been installing since pre-season and we’ll be ready to go again.”