By Harry Sykes
Mick McCarthy is convinced that Leeds are assured of a place in this season’s Championship play-offs.
Garry Monk’s side chiselled out a point in a scrappy 1-1 draw against McCarthy’s Ipswich at Portman Road on Saturday.
Monk was convinced afterwards that the share of the spoils could prove valuable to his side as they aim to secure a top-six finish this season.
It is a view shared by experienced manager McCarthy, who is a lifelong Leeds supporter and has secured promotions from the second tier at Wolves and Sunderland.
““They’ve had a bit of a tough time,” McCarthy said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “But it happens. When I got promoted with Wolves we didn’t win for 13 games. They’ll be in the play-offs, no doubt about that.”
Leeds ended the weekend fifth in the league with a haul of 58 points from 33 matches after taking four points from their two games last week against Ipswich and Bristol City.
It helped the team get their promotion bid back on track after consecutive defeats at the hands of Huddersfield and Cardiff.
A defeat for Norwich on Saturday means the Yorkshire giants are a comfortable seven points clear of seventh position.