Grayson quick to play down good run
Leeds United boss Simon Grayson is refusing to get carried away after his side’s third win in four games lifted them three places above their next opponents, Norwich City.
Leeds visit Carrow Road on Saturday “in good spirits” according to the Elland Road boss, but he is taking nothing for granted ahead of the clash with the one team to finish above them in League One last season.
Luciano Becchio’s hat-trick secured a 3-1 victory over Bristol City on Saturday to move Grayson’s men into the top five for the first time since September but the manager knows only too well how inconsistent his team has been. The last time they were in the top five they went on to lose four of their next five games and sank as low as 16th before launching a recovery.
“We are delighted to be where we are but it’s a long season,” said Grayson. “We didn’t get too down last month when we lost back-to-back games and we won’t get carried away with the present situation.
“I challenged the players a few weeks ago to go on a little consistent run of six to 10 games unbeaten if possible.
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“We’ve gone four unbeaten so far and we go to Norwich on Saturday in good spirits looking to extend that run.”
On the prospect of winning successive promotions, Grayson added: “Like any team in the Championship, we feel we can get promoted.
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“It is the teams who are consistent enough over the season who will achieve that.”
Grayson intends using tonight’s home reserve game against Hull as another opportunity to give some of his players match practice as they battle back to full fitness.
United have played several friendly games behind closed doors during a gap in the reserves’ league fixtures, with Billy Paynter, Ross McCormack, Aidan White, Ben Parker and Leigh Bromby improving their fitness. Leeds were beaten 1-0 at Carrow Road last season with substitute Chris Martin’s late winner providing one of the highlights of the season for the Canaries.