Paul Lambert delivers verdict on Leeds chances of finishing in the top six
By Amir Mir
Wolves manager Paul Lambert has backed Leeds to finish in the top six of the Championship at the end of the season.
The Yorkshire club suffered a costly 1-0 defeat at home to Lambert’s side on Easter Monday with Nouha Dicko scoring the only goal of the game.
The 24-year-old struck after 38 minutes with a low drive which has resulted in Garry Monk’s side falling out of the top six.
Fulham, who beat Aston Villa 3-1 on the same day, moved into the play-off place following their crucial win at Craven Cottage and are now level on points with the seventh-placed Whites.
Former Premier League manager Lambert gave his thoughts on whether Leeds can finish the season in the promotion places.
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“It’s a really tight call,” said Lambert as posted on the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening reporter Phil Hay. “Leeds are well in the mix. If you ask me can they still do it – absolutely.”
Paul Lambert: "It's really tight to call. (Leeds) are well in the mix. If you ask me can they still do it – absolutely." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 17, 2017
Monk will be looking for his team to bounce back during their clash against Burton Albion this Saturday.
His team recorded a late draw against Newcastle the last time they were on the road but they have not kept a clean sheet away from home since October.
Additionally, their weekend opponents, who are fighting for survival, have scored an impressive 44 goals during this campaign, including during their 2-0 win at Birmingham on Monday.
The positive for the Elland Road faithful will be that Fulham and fifth-placed Sheffield Wednesday will still play each other on the last day of the season.
This means nine points from their remaining three matches – Burton, Norwich and Wigan – will guarantee Monk’s side a promotion place.
In other Leeds news, Sheffield Wednesday fans react to the Whites falling outside of the play-offs.