Date:Thursday December 23 2010
Leeds United midfielder Robert Snodgrass believes the side deserve a pat on the back for their exploits so far this season but realises there is still a lot of hard work to be done.
Leeds moved into second place on Saturday when they beat top of the table Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Elland Road with the Scottish winger playing a pivotal part.
Snodgrass set up the first goal after turning the Rangers defender inside out and was a constant thorn in their defenders side all afternoon.
The Scottish under 21 international as been in great personal form after missing the first eight games of the season after he suffered a horror tackle on the pre season tour of Norway.
The 23 year old made his first appearance of the season in the 0-0 draw at Doncaster Rovers in September.
He came off the bench again in Leeds next game against Sheffield United but was quickly out of the side again when he had to sit out the Preston game after being harshly sent off against the Blades.
Snodgrass started the following game at Ipswich and he scored his first goal of the season when he equalised late on, only for Leeds to be caught out with a late winner from the home side.
That defeat was Leeds last defeat on the road and they have now gone unbeaten in their last six away from home with Snodgrass being an ever present.
Snodgrass is now back to the form he has shown since arriving at Elland Road in the summer of 2008 and he has chipped in with one other goal, when he scored an exquisite left foot curling shot in the win at Coventry.
Leeds have now gone nine games unbeaten and opposition clubs are now beginning to sit up and take notice of Leeds rise up the Championship table.
The whites have come a long way since slipping to sixteenth in the table after a 4-0 home defeat to Cardiff in October.
After last season when Leeds only just won automatic promotion on the final day of the season after leading League One by twelve points going into the New Year, Snodgrass realises there is still a long way to go.
Speaking in the YEP, Snodgrass said, 'We're newcomers who are sitting second in the league and it shows we're doing something right, but there's a long way to go."
Snodgrass does believe that the side deserve great credit for the way they have bounced back since a rocky period in September and October when they suffered heavy defeats against Barnsley away 5-2, Cardiff at home 4-0 and Preston at home 6-4.
Snodgrass is now hoping that the side can build on the nine games unbeaten and is hoping they can continue with their great form of late, 'We need to give ourselves a pat on the backs and then go again,' He continued.
Leeds now faces four games in ten days that is finished off with a clash at Cardiff City, who were the last side to defeat Leeds.
The return game will give Leeds players the chance to show just how far they have come in the past eight weeks, since the humiliating home defeat when Cardiff cantered to an easy 4-0 win.
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Date:Thursday December 23 2010
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