Leeds United: Grayson targeting top two finish

Simon Grayson.

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Simon Grayson admits an automatic promotion berth is very much in Leeds United’s sights in 2011-12.

With a third of the Championship campaign gone, United are right on the fringes of the play-offs in seventh spot, one place and one point better off than they were after the same amount of games – 16 – last season.

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A jet-propelled run in the run-up to the festive season last year saw United briefly rise up to second in the table last Christmas and Grayson feels this year’s crop have it well within their capabilities to rise to those giddy heights again – and last the course if they show consistency.

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That’s something that only leaders Southampton have truly shown this term, with just six points separating second-placed West Ham and United, who went into the international break on the back of an impressive 1-0 win at Leicester City.

Grayson said: “Being around the play-offs is where we want to be and we expect to be there at the end of the season. But we want to be higher than that and have given ourselves a platform to do that. But like a lot of other teams, we still think we’re capable of getting in that top two.

“It’s a long season and while some wrote us off (before Leicester), we responded in a positive manner.”

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