Yorkshire Post Power Rankings: Leeds rise, Hull fall, how did your team do?

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Gone are the early days of this campaign when Yorkshire’s clubs seemed unlikely to make much impact at the top end of various divisions.

Some clubs in the county are outlining their potential to jump up a division, something which is accurately reflected in the rankings.

Last week’s Power Rankings

There were also shocks this weekend, not least at Elland Road where Leeds United managed to beat Hull City. Has that had an impact on the Whites’ place in our regional table?

Find out where your side has ranked below:

1) Middlesbrough (up one)

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It is not simply the results that keep Middlesbrough at the top of the Yorkshire Post Power Rankings, but the manner in which they are achieving them.

Ipswich Town provided a potential banana skin. They are one of the more difficult sides to play against in the Championship, but Boro went to Portman Road and walked away with a comfortable 2-0 win.

Only consistency from Brighton is keeping the Riverside off top spot in the second-tier.

The visit of Birmingham provides another stern test this Saturday, one Aitor Karanka will be very hopeful of passing.

2) Bradford City (up two)

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Chesham United will not provide the toughest test that Bradford City will face all season, but there is always the possibility of an upset in the FA Cup.

The Bantams made sure that that was not the case, dominating proceedings and going through to the third round with a 4-0 victory.

Having gone so long without a defeat, the loss against Walsall could have knocked them back.

However, Phil Parkinson’s side showed the professionalism that has come to define their game in the last few months to progress, moving them up the charts.

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3) Doncaster Rovers (up three)

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Doncaster Rovers are not yet getting much attention for their run of results since Darren Ferguson took charge, but it will only be a matter of time before people start paying attention.

They’ve risen from a relegation battle to 15th in League One, and capped it off by progressing to the third round on Saturday.

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To do that, they had to beat League Two’s Cambridge United, who are regarded as one of the more dangerous sides in the division.

They did that with ease, winning 3-1, which explains their jump up the rankings.

4) FC Halifax Town (down one)

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It is unfortunate for Halifax Town that they have dropped down a position, given their 1-1 draw against Guiseley showed their continual improvement.

After all, the Shaymen lost the reverse fixture at Nethermoor Park earlier this campaign.

Jim Harvey has stabilised a side that looked locked on for the drop prior to the dismissal of Darren Kelly.

Harvey’s task is now to climb up the table and exit the relegation zone, something recent form suggests they have a chance of doing.

5) Guiseley (-)

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A draw for Guiseley on Saturday, but one they will be happy with.

There would have been a fear that Jim Harvey’s resurgent Halifax Town would have provided a huge test for them.

They came through it, and can now look forward to FA Trophy action this weekend against Burscombe.

Manager Mark Bower is already eyeing up a potential trip to Wembley, hoping to emulate North Ferriby United’s run last season.

6) Huddersfield Town (up four)

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Last week we spoke about the need for David Wagner’s improved Huddersfield Town to start turning performances to results.

Clearly the squad are keen readers of the Yorkshire Post Power Rankings, as they managed a 2-0 victory away against Birmingham City.

It was a good result against tough opposition for Town, and moved them out of the relegation zone and up to 19th.

If wins like that continue under Wagner in coming weeks, he will seem a very astute appointment.

7) Leeds United (up five)

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Of course, the week after we write about a Leeds United low point, they go and beat Hull City at Elland Road.

It had been a farcical few days, defined by pie tax and suggestions that the entire squad was up for sale, but the Whites triumphed just when the spirit seemed to be on the floor.

The 2-1 victory against one of the Championship’s high flyers was a welcome relief for both fans and the club’s management.

They now travel to Charlton knowing that a win would allow them to truly start looking up the table.

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8) Rotherham United (down six)

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Two steps forward for Rotherham in recent weeks, and now one step backwards.

The loss against Wolves on Saturday does not seem particularly damaging on the surface, given the Midlands side’s reputation as one of the Championship’s stronger teams, but a victory would have lifted the Millers out of the relegation zone.

Instead, they succumbed to a 2-1 loss.

Even so, the two recent wins mean Neil Redfearn’s side are closer to safety than at any other recent point in the season, only one point off 21st. They face a tough test against Blackburn on Friday.

9) Barnsley (-)

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Barnsley keep their spot in the Power Rankings thanks to their penalty shootout victory against Wigan Athletic in the Football League Trophy quarter-final.

That victory shows the recent turnaround in confidence and form, although the Tykes have only won one of their last four games in 90 minutes.

Even another draw was an improvement on what had been going on at Oakwell over the last few months.

They now have a chance to lift themselves off bottom spot with a win against Colchester on Saturday.

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10) Sheffield United (up one)

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Sheffield United climb up the rankings, above their city rivals, thanks to their victory against Oldham on Saturday.

Unfortunately for them their victory against League One opposition came in the FA Cup, giving them no help in their battle to climb up from 12th in the third tier.

That is not good enough for the Blades, who have really not put the form together that they need at any point this campaign.

Hopefully their cup victory can improve their momentum in the league going into Sunday’s crunch game against Coventry.

11) Sheffield Wednesday (down four)

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If it were not for decent form around them in the Power Rankings, Sheffield Wednesday would not have dropped so far as a result of their 0-0 draw against Derby County.

However, the Owls are going through something of a sticky patch in comparison with their run only a few weeks ago.

Given the relative expectation at Hillsborough going into the campaign, seventh is not a particularly bad position for Carlos Carvalhal’s side to find themselves in.

They will now be seeking some momentum with victories over the festive games.

12) Hull City (down four)

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Last week we spoke about how harsh it felt to rank Hull City so low in the Power Rankings.

They remain fourth in the Championship, but the loss against Leeds will have come as a real blow.

It means a spell of three games without a win, although one was against Premier League opposition in the League Cup.

Steve Bruce will be welcoming the visit of bottom side Bolton on Saturday as a chance to change the club’s momentum.

13) York City (-)

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After the 5-1 defeat against Accrington Stanley, Jackie McNamara might have welcomed a week without football.

It will probably have allowed him to work with his squad and try and arrest the huge slump the Minstermen are currently suffering.

However, a lack of action means York remain at the bottom of the Power Rankings.