Leeds skipper Cooper sends warning to Championship promotion rivals
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper says the club are good enough to beat anybody in the Championship ahead of a busy run of fixtures over the festive period.
The Whites drew 1-1 with fourth-placed Aston Villa at Elland Road on Friday and appear to have turned the corner after a poor run of form saw slide down the league table.
However, recent results have seem them climb back to eighth place in the league, just five points outside of the play-off positions.
Cooper says that their performance against Villa shows how much the team has improved recently and that they are a match for anybody in the division on their day.
“Two or three weeks ago we may have lost that game and we have definitely come a long way, we have picked up seven points from the last 12, it is good form and we have to keep that going now,” said Cooper, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“We know if we are on it and compete to the best of our ability that we can beat anybody in this league.
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“In the last few games it has really clicked in people’s minds, we are starting games with a real tempo and that is bringing success for us.”
Thomas Christiansen’s side will take confidence from their recent results, going into a busy run of fixtures. Three of their next five matches are against teams currently in the bottom half of the Championship table.
The Whites produced a dominant first-half display on Friday night against a side who had won their last three matches and took through a 19th-minute header from centre-back Pontus Jansson.
Villa improved after the break and equalised on 71 minutes when Henri Lansbury found the bottom corner with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area.
Leeds now travel to Loftus Road on Saturday to face 17th-placed Queens Park Rangers, who have lost four of their last five Championship matches.