Leeds boss Steve Evans refusing to get carried away by assuming Whites are safe just yet

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United are 14 points clear of the Championship's bottom three.

Steve Evans is determined to avoid getting carried away by insisting that he will not relax until Leeds are mathematically safe, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The Whites took a massive step towards guaranteeing their place in next season's Championship by claiming an impressive 2-1 victory over previously play-off chasing Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

And while the win leaves United 14 points clear of the bottom three with just five games to go, Evans claimed that he is refusing to accept that their safety is now in the bag.

"We're not safe yet," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"I'm not going to stand like a lemon in six weeks time and have people saying 'you told us we were safe'. We can beat Reading on Saturday first, then I can enjoy a glass of wine."

With the current cushion meaning that MK Dons would need a flawless run while Leeds would need to collect a maximum of one point and the six teams in between would have to pick up enough points to get out of the way also for United to be relegated, Evans would be forgiven for turning his attention to what he can do during the summer to ensure that they are battling higher up the table at this point next season.

However, Evans' assessment of the club's current position may predominantly be designed to ensure that no complacency creeps into the side as that appears to have already punished the team this season.

Ahead of the Whites' game with Huddersfield, United had won three games in a row and had, at one point, moved into the top half of the table. However, a 4-1 thrashing at Elland Road extinguished any talk of Leeds making a late charge for the play-offs and sparked a run of four games without a victory.

And with Evans' job for next season reportedly in some doubt (via Daily Mail), he will know that another winless run to end the campaign would do his chances of staying on no favours whatsoever. 

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