Uwe Rosler predicts Leeds last two matches, shares reasons for play-offs slip
By Will Butcher
Uwe Rosler believes Leeds’ away form and reliance on Chris Wood’s goals are the reasons behind their fall from the Championship’s play-offs places.
Leeds suffered a fourth defeat in six games on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion, leaving them three points adrift of sixth placed Fulham.
Speaking on Channel 5’s broadcast of Football on 5: The Championship on Saturday (22 April), former Whites boss Rosler did predict his old side to pick up six points from their remaining two games.
But the current Fleetwood Town manager believes three away defeats in their last four games and the pressure on Wood to find the back of the net has seen them fall from the top six.
“I don’t know why they’re running out of steam. I think their away form has let them down a bit, losing three out of their last four. They’re normally very strong at home,” Rosler said.
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“They rely too much on the goals from Chris Wood. When he’s not scoring, they’re not getting many goals. They have Norwich at home, where they are very strong and Wigan away from home; I think they will get six points.
“I don’t think they’ve over achieved. When you go through that team, Wood and Taylor were in the first eleven under me but they’ve got real quality and Garry Monk has done a good job.”
The Yorkshire giants conceded a quick-fire double late on at the Pirelli Stadium, as Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly scored in the 75th and 77th minute to give Burton a 2-0 lead.
Kyle Bartley’s 80th minute reply was not enough to claw something from the game, leaving Leeds in seventh place and now reliant on other sides to slip up.
Monk’s side next face Norwich at Elland Road on Saturday, as they look for a third win in three against the Canaries following triumphs in the league and in the EFL Cup on penalties.
Three points against the east Anglian outfit could set up an exciting last Championship fixture against Wigan at the DW Stadium, which takes place on May 7.
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