Easier said than done but certainly worth making the point. What started off looking like a great season soon went downhill after a couple of months, but has since been restarted. Thomas Christiansen and Leeds know that a win tomorrow would guarantee a play-off spot over Christmas, nothing worth celebrating of course, but it would certainly cheer up the festives.
The run that started against Boro and has taken us to this stage has been very encouraging after such a shocking period before the international break. A draw against Aston Villa and loss at high-flyers Wolves has been the only points dropped as Boro, Barnsley, Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City have all fallen to their knees against the side who returned to form at just the right time. The next four games also represents a huge chance to make progress and starting tomorrow, in a much tougher game than it would have been a few weeks back, but one we should be winning. With Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United it means that a Leeds win would guarantee a play-off spot come Christmas day, as both sit just one point above us before a ball is kicked tomorrow.
Getting back into those spots has been hard and has taken a while but we look like doing it at some point, hopefully that will be tomorrow. Sheffield United beat us at Elland Road and Thomas Christiansen said if we did lose that game he thought the gap would be too big, welcome to the Championship Thomas! The chance to overtake both teams is on the cards but beating Hull City isn’t an easy task. The Tigers have new manager Nigel Adkins in charge and that makes the game monumentally tougher than it would have been a few weeks back when they just seemed to fold during games. The new gaffer will have them fired up and will want to make a huge impression and statement at Elland Road tomorrow.
After this we have Birmingham and Burton Albion before the end of the year, and then Nottingham Forest come to Elland Road. In all honesty you are looking at three wins there if you play well, but don’t and you could end up taking minimal points and falling behind the pack again. We went into the new year with the form on our side last season but we didn’t strengthen in January, and the squad was weak. This season we aren’t so bad, we are sharing the goals and have options but without doubt we need a couple of players in to keep everyone on their toes. Tomorrow could end with us sat happy in the play-offs on Christmas day, a great feeling for everyone at the club. Tough game, let’s embrace the pressure.