By Matt Bullin
Garry Monk has delivered his verdict on Leeds United’s campaign by insisting it has been “successful” and worthy of promotion in any other season.
In order to finish inside the top six on Sunday, Leeds need to hammer Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday need to do the same Fulham, with what would be a miraculous 14-goal swing.
Leeds’ promotion heartache comes after United failed to pick up all three points last time out – as they drew 3-3 with Norwich in the last match of the season at Elland Road.
Leeds had sat in the play-off mix for much of 2017 prior to falling out of it after a 2-1 defeat to Burton in mid-April.
If Leeds can beat Wigan on the final day they will finish on 77 points, only one side has previously finished with more and not finished in the top six – Wolves two years ago when they finished with 78.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Monk gave his verdict on his side’s season, saying it has been a positive year for the club despite the disappointing end.
He said: “We could end up with 77 points and in almost any other season we’d have made the play-offs.
“Albeit we can’t make the play-offs barring a mathematical miracle but if we finish with that total then it shows that the players have, in effect, delivered a play-off or promotion-chance season. That’s something the club’s not had for a long time.
“It’s something we can all be proud of, although I’m proud of the players whatever happens. It’s been a successful season but ending it on a high gives us the positive ending that the players and everyone connected with the club deserves.”
Since Monk arrived at the club at the beginning of the season he has seen the club undergo a remarkable turnaround, guiding a team which finished 13th last season to fourth at one stage.
When the Whites met Wigan earlier in the season, in October, the game ended in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
In other Leeds news, here is how they are expected to line-up versus Wigan on Sunday.