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Noel Whelan offers interesting response on whether Leeds are safe from relegation

Noel Whelan doesn't think Leeds are safe from relegation just yet.

Pundit and former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he doesn't think the Whites are safe from relegation just yet.

Steve Evans' men went on a fine run of three wins in a row, beating Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers before crashing back down to earth against local rivals Huddersfield Town before the international break.

A 4-1 home defeat to the Terriers has dampened the mood again at Elland Road, and a response is needed for this weekend's game against Evans' former club and another Yorkshire rival in Rotherham United.

The Millers are desperate for points, and will go into the game with former Leeds boss Neil Warnock attempting a great escape, having won four of their last five games.

Rotherham are just two points clear of the relegation zone, whilst Leeds are ten points away from the drop zone - but one former Leeds man intriguingly doesn't believe that the Whites are safe yet.

Ex-Leeds striker and boyhood fan Noel Whelan has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he thinks whilst Leeds are not mathematically safe, the threat of relegation to League One will loom over them.

Whelan also warned Leeds and Evans that they have got to keep playing for every point from their last nine games, and prove to fans that they deserve to play for such a big club, before suggesting it's a difficult game for both Rotherham and Leeds.

"There’s always a danger while there’s points there and it’s mathematically possible that you can drop in there," said Whelan. "I don’t think anybody should be resting and thinking they are safe until it’s actually mathematically sealed that you can’t go down."

"You’ve got to keep playing for every single point until the end of the season and it’s about where we can finish as well. You want to finish as high up the league as possible and that should be the aim for the Leeds United players – where can we finish the season? How good are we?"

"Leeds have got to show a performance to prove that the players deserve to play in that shirt and then there’s the professionalism and the money they are getting paid. It turns out to be a really, really interesting game and a difficult one for both sides," he added.

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