Alan Pardew: This is the edge Leeds have over their promotion rivals
By Amir Mir
Alan Pardew believes the backing from Leeds supporters from the stands provides them with an edge over their promotion rivals.
The former Crystal Palace manager believes others teams wouldn’t want to play the Yorkshire club in the play-offs if they were to secure a top six spot at the end of the season.
At this moment in time, Garry Monk’s team are sitting one place and three points behind sixth-placed Fulham in the Championship table.
This comes after his side suffered back-to-back defeats within the space of five days which have dented their promotion chances.
Speaking on Goals on Sunday, which aired on Sky Sports 1, Pardew offered his thoughts on Leeds and their manager.
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“He [Monk] had a great run and it’s just come off it for whatever reason,” Pardew told Sky Sports.
“You know if I were one of the other teams you really wouldn’t want Leeds in the play-offs. I really wouldn’t with the momentum of the fans. It can give you that extra push.”
It has been 13 years since Leeds tasted Premier League football as Monk had guided them on the right path to end that barren run.
For the majority of this campaign, he has seen his time fight for a play-off spot without really challenging the top two teams in the division.
However, with two matches of the season remaining, Monk has seen his team fall out of the play-off places.
At this moment in time, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Fulham are the four teams currently occupying those spots.
The Whites will host Norwich City on home soil this Saturday, knowing dropped points could all but end their chances of securing a top six spot.
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