NEIL Warnock insisted today that Leeds United would be poised for a strong finish to the season if they kept their promotion bid alive heading into the last 10 games.
Warnock said he was confident of a late surge from his team after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Blackburn Rovers but warned that their chance of making the play-offs rested on forthcoming matches against Millwall, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.
Leeds have 13 fixtures remaining and their goalless stalemate at Ewood Park – a game in which missed chances cost Warnock’s side dearly – maintained a six-point gap between the club and the Championship’s play-off zone.
Warnock was enthused by another strong performance, conceding that United’s away form through much of this season had been “diabolical”, and he claimed that Leeds would be well-placed for the run-in if they make the most of this weekend’s clash with Millwall and subsequent visits to Palace and Leicester.
Six of the United’s final 10 matches will be played at Elland Road, a venue where they have taken 32 points from a possible 48 this term. “We can win every game,” Warnock said. “That’s how I feel now. I don’t think there’s a game coming up that we can’t win.
“We’ve got Leicester and Crystal Palace away after Millwall at home and they’re a tough few games but I still think that in the 10 games following that we’ve got great opportunities.
“It’s a wide-open division and we’ve got this team together in time to give everyone a game, home and away. If we’d had this team from the start of the season we’d have done better and been higher in the league.
“Away from home, a couple of our games have been diabolical but I could take this team anywhere. I’m looking forward to going to Leicester and Palace.”
Leeds dominated a poor Blackburn side at Ewood Park but opportunities wasted by Tom Lees, Ross McCormack and Luke Varney denied them a precious victory.
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