By Will Butcher
Michael Gray has spoken of his desire to see Leeds gain promotion to the Premier League this season following their loss to Wolves on Monday, but says he hopes his old side “haven’t bottled it”.
Leeds slipped out of the Championship play-off positions for the first time in five months under manager Garry Monk as Paul Lambert’s Wolves secured an unlikely 1-0 win at Elland Road.
Wolves’ January signing Ben Marshall slid an inch-perfect ball through to speed machine Nouha Dicko who tidily finished past goalkeeper Rob Green in the first half.
Former Leeds defender Gray told Channel 5’s broadcast of Football on 5: The Championship [Monday, 11.05pm] that he would “love” his old side to gain promotion back to the top flight, despite the loss.
“I hope they haven’t bottled it. I’d love to see them stay in the play-offs and get promoted. It wasn’t the result or performance they wanted,” Gray stated.
“They must keep themselves as close as possible. It was a great ball from Marshall and Dicko punished them. I want to see them back in the Premier League, but it’s close.”
The loss leaves Leeds in seventh and with just one win from their last five outings, as Huddersfield, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham currently make up the play-off quartet.
With three games to go in England’s second division, Leeds travel to Burton Albion on Saturday before facing Norwich and Wigan in their hunt for the play-offs.
Three points against Nigel Clough’s Burton could see Leeds climb back into the top six, if Sheffield Wednesday or Fulham lose next time out.
Former Sunderland and England left-back Gray played for Leeds during two loan spells with the club in 2004-05 and 2006-07, where he made a total of 16 league appearances.