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Leeds coach’s response when asked about season aims

Leeds United assistant head coach Paul Raynor comments on what the team can achieve this season.

Leeds United head coach Paul Raynor has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that the side can still finish in the top six of the Championship this season.

However, Raynor has admitted that Leeds need to be wary of not getting dragged into the relegation fight.

“We’re not going to shout from the rooftops ‘we’re going to make the play-offs’,” the 49-year-old told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “But you’ve got to be optimistic and see where it goes. If we can string a run together you never know, but it’s going to be a tall order.”

“You have got to be aware of it,” added Raynor on a potential relegation battle. “You have got to be aware of where you are in the table and where these games affect you and the points tally. But we’ve just got to accumulate as many points as we can, take it game by game and see where it takes us.”

Leeds are 17th in the Championship table at the moment with 32 points from 27 matches. Steve Evans’s side are just eight points above the relegation zone and as many as 13 points behind Sheffield Wednesday, who are currently sixth and occupy the final playoff spot.

Chances of a top-six finish this season are looking slim at the moment, and there is a danger that Leeds could get dragged into a relegation dogfight.

The West Yorkshire outfit are currently going through a bad spell and have not won a league match since December 20.

Leeds will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Bristol City at Elland Road in the Championship.

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