By Will Butcher
Danny Mills believes Leeds have a better chance than Sheffield Wednesday of remaining in the Championship play-off spots come May.
Garry Monk’s Yorkshire giants secured a 1-0 win over Wednesday at Elland Road on Saturday thanks to Chris Wood’s 23rd goal of the season, doing the double over their local rivals.
Speaking on Channel 5’s Football on 5: The Championship show on Saturday night, former Leeds star Mills claimed that Leeds have a bigger chance than Wednesday of finishing in the top six.
However, the ex-England international believes that 25-year-old striker Wood’s fitness remains key to that advantage as he continues to fire Leeds towards the Championship summit.
“It’s a huge win,” Mills said. “They’ve got over their little blip, defensively they’re very strong. Jansson and Bartley are superb and you’d back Rob Green in the big games to make the saves.
“If they can keep Chris Wood fit for the rest of the season, I make Leeds slight favourites to beat Sheffield Wednesday to finish in the play-offs and go to Wembley.”
New Zealand international and top scorer Wood broke the deadlock in the first half, latching onto Gaetano Berardi’s cross to poke the ball home past Keiren Westwood.
Leeds survived a second-half scare when Souleymane Doukara was adjudged to have fouled Sam Hutchinson in the 53rd minute, but Green brilliantly saved Jordan Rhodes’ penalty.
Monk’s side held on and rise to fourth in the Champi0onship table with the win, three points clear of Wednesday, who remain in sixth.