By Russell Edge

26th Oct, 2017 | 8:12pm

'Not only three points' - Thomas Christiansen makes huge claim over Leeds v Sheffield United

By Russell Edge

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has claimed that defeat to Sheffield United on Friday would make it too difficult for the club to fight for automatic promotion.

The Whites made an excellent start to the season which saw them lead the pack but a terrible run of form saw the club fall down the pecking order, losing ground on the front runners.

They currently sit fourth in England’s second tier, having convincingly beaten Bristol City 3-0 in their last league outing, with a 3-1 League Cup defeat to Leicester City coming in midweek.

Thomas Christiansen and his men will host third placed Sheffield United at Elland Road on Friday night knowing that victory would put them within one point of the Blades, and three points behind league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to their clash away at QPR.

However the Danish manager has made the mighty claim that if his side were to suffer defeat it would be too far to come back from to fight for automatic promotion, despite being just 13 games into the season.

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He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “This game is not only three points. It’s (against) a direct rival and it’s important if we want to stay up there that we take the three points.”

“If we lose we will be seven points away from Sheffield United. At this point of the league, that’s too many points.

“We have to be realistic. Our goal is the top six. This is the goal for the rest of the season.”

Finishing in the top six would be an improvement on last season’s performance, which saw the Whites miss out on a play off spot by five points after finishing seventh.

Sheffield United come into Friday’s clash off the back of two successive victories over Ipswich and Reading and have the joint most amount of wins in the league with nine.

In other Leeds United news, this Whites trio have been ruled out of the clash with the Blades.

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