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well. Es­pe­cially Black­burn, who had a mas­sive go in terms of spend­ing money.

“But both of them strug­gled. In this di­vi­sion, it is all about team ethic. And if you can get a bit of mo­men­tum, that can take you a long way.”

McDer­mott could wel­come mid­fielder Rudy Austin back fol­low­ing his sus­pen­sion.

El-Hadji Diouf also came through 75 min­utes of a be­hind-closed-doors game against Burn­ley in mid­week.

Brown added: “Even if a team is not play­ing well and nick a cou­ple of 1-0 wins, it can start things mov­ing. If we could do that early on, then we’d end up with some su­per crowds.

“I know what it is like as a vis­it­ing player when El­land Road is bounc­ing. To have 34,000 like we did on Satur­day was great.” BRIAN McDer­mott may have added only three new faces this sum­mer but mid­fielder Michael Brown be­lieves big spend­ing is no guar­an­tee of suc­cess.

McDer­mott, who took over from Neil Warnock last April, has added Luke Mur­phy, Noel Hunt and Matt Smith to his squad but it is far from the rev­o­lu­tion many ex­pected.

But as Leeds look to con­tinue their good start to the Cham­pi­onship sea­son to­day, Brown be­lieves they can­not get caught up in who has spent what.

“The Cham­pi­onship looks tougher than ever, team­wise. It is wide open with lots of great teams,” he said.

“Of­ten, peo­ple look at a cer­tain team and think they will win but look at what hap­pened last sea­son, that was in­cred­i­ble.

“Wolves and Black­burn were both ex­pected to do

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