Cooper: This is what Leeds must do to gain promotion

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is sent off by Kevin Friend after earning a second yellow card and a sending off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at...

Leeds earned a 2-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on November 19, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has told the club's official website that the Whites must begin to average two points a game if the club are to finally gain promotion back to the Premier League. 

The Whites earned a 2-0 win away at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on Saturday afternoon, despite a run of eight defeats in their last 10 outings prior to the clash against Paul Heckingbottom's men.

Thomas Christiansen's men had started the season in emphatic form, keeping pace with the Championship front runners but their recent form has seen them drop into eighth position in the second tier of English football.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Cooper, who starred at the back to help the Whites earn their eighth league clean sheet of the season, claimed that his side must start to average two points a game in order to remain on course for promotion.

“Seven days ago, if you’d have offered us six points from nine we’d have taken it, if we can average two points a game, we know that is promotion form and we have to keep carrying on," Cooper said.

“We will take a lot of confidence and we have to go again now, we have a massive game at home on Friday against Aston Villa and we will be looking to get another three points against them now."

Liam Cooper of Leeds United (C) walks off after being sent off during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sutton United and Leeds United at Borough Sports Ground on January 29,...

Leeds immediately put their win over Barnsley behind them and focus on gaining three points against in-form Aston Villa on Friday night, as they play host to Steve Bruce's side at Villa Park. 

Three points for Christiansen's side could see them climb into the Chamionship play-off places, if results go their way during the week with sixth-placed Derby County in action against Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.

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