It has been a whirlwind season for Garry Monk and his side following a really tough run of results at the beginning of the season. Leeds found themselves in relegation trouble as the team and manager were questioned thoroughly. It seemed for all the world that Monk would become the latest name on the former managers list at Leeds, however, the former Swansea manager has turned things around, and the Yorkshire side are now real play-off candidates. With an eye firmly on promotion, Leeds' goalkeeper Robert Green told the Yorkshire Evening Post that his team can keep pace with those around them.
Leeds fell to a difficult 2-0 defeat against Brighton last Friday as the Championship's second placed team displayed exactly why they are battling for an automatic promotion spot and not a play-off place. For Leeds, it was a good barometer of how far they have come, but, equally, it conveyed how far they still have to go.
While the loss was a tough one to take, it has not extinguished their desire to get back into the Premier League. In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, goalkeeper Robert Green spoke about how his side will not struggle to keep pace with those around them: "You look at the sides this season in the league and we were fourth (before the Brighton defeat) and into the play-offs. That’s what it makes it an interesting prospect. I think we’ve shown that we’re capable of competing, even against the supposed fancied teams".
Leeds United's Robert Green
"Numbers, when the games are coming thick and fast, can be an issue but everyone in the squad is going to get used and we’ve still got room for improvement, which is the beautiful thing. We know we can improve so there’s no reason why not".
"We’re going to get big bumps in the road and the test is pulling ourselves through it and coming through it in the next game. (Tomorrow) will be another day where we sit down and see where we are with everyone".
Leeds' current position is one which is incredibly surprising considering their early season form. Therefore, the faith both the owners and fans showed in Monk has paid dividends, with the manager leading his side on their charge up the table.
Leeds United's Robert Green celebrates
Leeds continue their run against the top teams as they host Reading this evening. Monk's side will be desperate to banish the demons of their defeat against Brighton with a win over their next opponents. It will be no easy task though, with Reading already claiming 11 wins this campaign.
If the Yorkshire side can claim a huge win over Reading tonight, then it will further enhance their play-off credentials, while it will fill the team and fans with optimism as they continue their promotion push.