Date:Saturday September 29 2012
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock is hoping his side can keep on the coat tails of those clubs in the play-off places after a tough start to the season.
Leeds have played five of the top seven teams in the division in their opening seven championship games this season and have had an ever increasing injury list to cope with.
They have also been without influential midfielders Paul Green and David Norris. Green has been out since the opening day of the season and Norris has been out for the last three games after struggling with injury since the opening game.
Last season`s leading goalscorer Ross McCormack has also missed the last two games and is out until around the end of November.
Despite the injuries, Leeds have beaten Nottingham Forest and Everton in their last two games and with three games before the next international break, Warnock is hoping that the side can stay in contention ahead of the next break. Speaking on theofficial website
, Warnock said, "If we get to the international break three points off the play-offs then I`ll settle for that.
"When you think of the games we have had and the injuries on top of that, it would be better than a lot of people expected.
"I spoke about the importance of hanging in there and we`ve managed to do that. We`ve had a few things go against us but we`ve stuck at it and I just want to make sure we`re in the same shape by the end of the week."
Leeds are currently in twelfth place, three points outside the play off places and still face three tricky games in the next week before the break.
They start with a trip to Bristol City today who have started the season well and have already put four past Cardiff City at Ashton Gate.
Next up is a trip to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night who were relegated from the Premier League last season and have spent heavily in the summer hoping for a quick return.
Bolton are also on ten points alongside Leeds in mid table.
Leeds go in to the break with a home game against Barnsley, who are another side going into this weekend on ten points.
Barnsley, who were amongst the favourites for relegation this season are once again proving their critics wrong and pulled off the win of the weekend last weekend with a 5-0 win at Birmingham City.
The South Yorkshire club have been something of a bogey side to Leeds in the last two seasons. Barnsley have scored fourteen goals against Leeds in four games and completed the double over Leeds last season.
With the takeover also finally looking close to a conclusion, Warnock may be able to strengthen his squad during the break and make a sustained challenge at the top end of the table.
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Date:Saturday September 29 2012
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