Steve Thompson responds to Rotherham boss's relegation warning

New York Stadium sign, Rotherham

The Leeds assistant has been discussing his squad's mindset ahead of the business end of the Championship campaign.

Leeds United assistant Steve Thompson has responded to Rotherham boss Steve Evans' warning that the Yorkshire side are still in danger of getting relegated, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“You worry about everyone,” Evans was quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Post on Monday. “That same question could be asked of Neil Redfearn. I keep hearing that they’re mid-table but if we win tomorrow’s there’s two points difference.

“It goes all the way up to inside the top half that’s involved in this. I don’t think anyone on 38 points or below is not part of the battle.”

And Thompson agrees.

Indeed, the Leeds assistant insists he, boss Redfearn and all of the members of his squad will never be complacent about their Championship status.

Leeds' fourth win in five league games on Saturday - a 1-0 victory over Millwall at Elland Road - lifted Redfearn's men to 12th in England's second tier.

Such is the competitive nature of the division, however, the Yorkshire side are only eight points above the drop zone - a fact Thompson is all too aware of.

“Not at all [Leeds players do not feel safe from relegation]. We’ll never get complacent about that and that’s not me being negative. It’s just the last thing that’ll happen here.

“Until we’re mathematically safe we’ll continue to strive. We’ve had good results and we want to keep on getting results. The more we have, the better we’ll become and the more it’ll take us up the league. We don’t want to be looking behind us.”

Leeds travel to Middlesbrough during Saturday's early kick-off for what promises to be a tough test for Thompson and co. Aitor Karanka's side lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup last weekend but have otherwise been terrific this season.

Boro are currently level with the top two sides in the Championship on points yet have two games in hand.

United, however, are a side in form. And, if they are as keen as Thompson claims to avoid complacency, there is no reason that form shouldn't continue.

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