Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has challenged his side to pick up two wins over the Easter weekend to try and clinch a play-off place in the race for promotion to the Premier League.
Despite a disappointing 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday, United actually extended their cushion over 7th placed Nottingham Forest to two points following Forest’s defeat at Norwich City on Friday night. However the likes of Hull City, Millwall, Leicester City and Burnley, who have a game in hand, are all within striking distance of the final play-off spot.
Leeds face a rampant Reading side at Elland Road on Good Friday, the Royals moving into contention for an automatic promotion place on the back of a nine game winning streak. United then face a trip to Selhurst Park to take on a Crystal Palace side desperate for points to secure their Championship status.
Grayson, talking to leedsunited.com explained that even after a frustrating week, which saw the Whites collect just one point from a possible nine, the clubs destiny is still in their own hands: “If we win our games, we get in the Play-Offs. Let’s achieve that target,” Grayson said before adding: “We’ve got a big game on Friday against Reading now and a big weekend with Palace a couple of days later.”
Becchio injury latest.
Leeds United face an anxious wait to see if Argentinean striker Luciano Becchio will be fit for the Easter weekend fixtures after limping out of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Watford after just 29 minutes of action.
Coming off the bench just before the hour, Becchio still managed to open the scoring with a fine header and should have notched a second before he left the field with a knee injury.
Simon Grayson confirmed that the 27 year old will have a scan to assess the damage before the weekend’s crucial double-header. The Leeds manager told the clubs official website: “We’ll see how he progresses now when we know more from the scan and as the week goes on.”
No PFA team players.
Despite being in the top six for most of the season, not a single Leeds United player earned a place in the PFA Championship team of the season. Despite winning two successive PFA Player of the Month awards, Robert Snodgrass missed out on selection. Former Leeds full back Ian Harte was named at left back, while Danny Graham, who had a short spell on loan at Leeds in 2006, earned a place as a striker alongside Norwich City’s Grant Holt.
The side in full: Kenny (QPR); Naughton (Cardiff), Morgan (Forest), Williams (Swansea), Harte (Reading); Hoolahan (Norwich), Taarabt (QPR), Sinclair (Swansea), King (Leicester); Holt (Norwich), Graham (Watford).