By Harvey Byrne
Noel Whelan has identified the togetherness in the changing room as Leeds’ best weapon this season.
The Yorkshire giants earned a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship on Saturday evening, which has elevated them up to fourth place in the league table.
The club have so far exceeded pre-season expectations in the league and Whelan believes that his former team have a chance of finishing in the top six this season.
“We have now got a great group of lads, a great team spirit, a togetherness about us and when you have got that in your changing room that can be the best weapon and the most successful way to be successful throughout the season,” wrote Whelan in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We have now moved fourth in the table and can we finish in the play-offs? Possibly. But we keep saying that this league is unforgiving and sometimes you don’t get the results you deserve and on other days you get a little bit of luck and you get away with things.
“But what we have got is a team that will compete every single game and we have players that can have that moment of brilliance and can change a game out of nothing.
“We saw that with Hadi Sacko with the second goal. He showed a great turn of pace and he was very direct. It wasn’t one of his best performances today but he is a player that can create something out of nothing and that’s why he is very valuable to have.
“Without that, Chris Wood doesn’t get that goal and Wood did the right thing what every good centre forward should do which is following every shot because it would have been cleared off the line. Without Wood doing that it wouldn’t have been the 2-0 result that we got.”
Leeds have not finished as high as the Championship top six since their fifth placed finish in 2006.
They have since dropped down to League One and their highest placing in the previous five seasons has been 13th.
The famous club have lost just one of their previous seven league fixtures, which saw Newcastle claim a 2-0 victory at Elland Road.
They face another tough challenge on Friday evening, as they travel to second placed Brighton.
The two clubs last met in February and Leeds will be keen to avoid a similar result at the Amex Stadium this time around.
The Yorkshire giants fell to a 4-0 defeat against with goals from Tomer Hemed, Lewis Dunk and a Liam Cooper own goal compiling the misery on a poor display.
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