John Gorman was far from surprised at Leeds United's impressive show against Newcastle United on Sunday despite a summer of doom and gloom at Elland Road.
United lost another key member of their Champions League semi-final side when Harry Kewell joined the likes of Lee Bowyer, Jonathan Woodgate and Olivier Dacourt on the way out.
But Peter Reid's side showed no little grit and determination to lead Newcastle 2-1 with only a few minutes left - time enough for Alan Shearer to grab an equaliser.
"If you look they still have a very good team," said John. "People criticised Leeds before the start of the season but the season has just started, those players would have worked hard in pre-season and will be determined to start well.
"They've got some strong players like Radebe, Matteo, Jody Morris is there as well and he'll give them a bit of impetuousity in there, a bit of steel and he's a good little player.
"Of course, they have Viduka and Smith as well - it will be a tough game. But we did well against Leeds last season and we'll look to do the same on Saturday."