Kalvin Phillips said Leeds United were finally uncovering their true potential and backed the club to keep climbing the Championship table after extending their winning run to four games.
Leeds banked a fourth straight victory for the first time since the 2009-10 season, beating Ipswich Town 1-0 on Saturday and moving into the top half of the league. A tight scoreline failed to reflect a dominant performance from Garry Monk’s side, who continued their recent resurgence through a first-half winner from Chris Wood at Elland Road.
The striker’s seventh goal of the season fired Leeds up to 12th in the table, just two weeks after Monk’s players found themselves languishing inside the relegation zone.
The club’s initial form drew criticism of both United’s head coach and his squad and despite the marked improvement in results, Phillips insisted it was “a bit early to speak” about whether United had answered those questions.
But the young midfielder, who started Saturday’s game in the absence of injured captain Liam Bridcutt, said: “Some of the losses we had – it wasn’t us. We were on a losing streak and we wanted to prove to everyone what kind of team we really are.
“All of the hard work on the training pitch is finally coming through and you can see that on the pitch. It’s a bit early to speak but obviously we want to keep this run going, carry on winning and hopefully climb the table like we’ve been planning to do.
“The play-offs are our main target and getting as high as we can. We’re looking up the table now and trying to pick everyone off. Hopefully we can carry on doing it.
“It’s a great atmosphere now after four wins. It was a good atmosphere before that but it’s just always in the back of your mind – we need to get this win, we need to get this win. We’re buzzing to get another one.”
Wood settled the clash with Ipswich with a 35th-minute header, the fourth game in a row in which the striker has scored.
Leeds failed to take other chances in the second half and Phillips said: “In the changing room at full-time we were a bit disappointed that we didn’t go away with a three or four-nil win. But three points is three points and we’re happy to take it.”