Date:Wednesday January 4 2012
Leeds United chairman Ken Bates feels the side are still looking good despite their recent poor form.
Leeds brought to an end a run of one point from five games when beating Burnley on Monday, thanks to a goal deep into time added on for stoppages.
Bates says the clubs around them have failed to take advantage of their poor form. Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said, "We have been extraordinarily lucky during our bad spell.
"All the clubs around us have had similar bad spells. Southampton looked impregnable and they are only nine points ahead of us. Same with West Ham, they have had a rocky spell. Middlesbrough have been sweeping up the table and they have had a couple of bad results, I think they have picked up one point from their last six."
The championship does continue to be as wide open as ever. The top two sides Southampton and West Ham both won just one of their three games over the festive period.
Of the other four sides currently in the top six, who all played three games over the festive period, Cardiff picked up seven points, Reading six and Middlesbrough four, whilst Hull failed to pick up a single point.
With that in mind, Bates is hoping Leeds have turned a corner with the win over Burnley having not lost too much ground on those above them in the table. "What has happened, the sides below us have caught up a bit but the fact of the matter is, we are one point behind sixth place and fifth for that matter.
"If we have got this lapse out of the way, the players are geared up, the injuries coming back, we are looking good," continued Bates.
Leeds are now without a championship game until January 14th due to the FA Cup third round taking centre stage this weekend.
Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park are next up for Leeds in the championship, before finishing the month with two home games against Ipswich Town and Birmingham City.
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