Liam Bridcutt makes three huge claims about Leeds
By Alex Stevens
Liam Bridcutt has made three huge claims about Leeds in a weekend which strengthened their grip on a play-off spot.
Garry Monk’s side beat Birmingham 3-1 in the Championship on Friday night to consolidate their place at fourth in the table.
Leeds have a haul of 64 points from 35 matches and are well placed to secure a top-six finish after extending their lead on Fulham in seventh place to eight points.
Skipper Bridcutt delivered an upbeat assessment of Leeds’ transformation when insisted the team were the best the club had produced in 15 years, have all the quality needed to finish in the play-offs and there are few opponents who can live with them when they are fully firing.
It is a verdict which could backfire given that Leeds, who have been in the lower leagues since their 2004 exit from the Premier League, still have much work to do to clinch the objective set by owner Massimo Cellino at the start of the season.
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Asked if Leeds were on the verge of an historic season, Bridcutt told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It could be and I think we’ve already set history. This is probably the best Leeds side I’ve seen in the last 15 years and that’s all credit to the management and the players.
“In terms of quality we’ve got all of that, and in terms of determination and fight I think we’re up there.
““There aren’t many teams who can live with us when we’re firing 100 per cent. We’re making it a bit more difficult for everyone else now. Every game we want to win and that’s the bottom line. We keep putting pressure on teams and that’s all we can do.”
Monk’s men are eight points short of the tally amassed in the Championship under Simon Grayson in 2011 and 14 behind the total which took Kevin Blackwell’s outfit into the play-offs in 2006.
Brighton’s second consecutive defeat on Saturday night has given renewed hope that Leeds could even make a late bid to snatch an automatic promotion place.
The Yorkshire giants are seven points adrift of second place ahead of their Championship trip to Fulham on Tuesday night.