Uwe Rosler reiterated a top-10 finish as a realistic target for Leeds United this season after a 1-1 draw with Brentford extended the club’s unbeaten run to six league matches.
United’s head coach said his pursuit of that goal in his first campaign in charge would “not change” regardless of form as he faced down questions about his tactics at the end of Saturday’s game.
Mirco Antenucci came off the bench to earn Leeds a point with a 76th-minute equaliser at Elland Road, claiming his third goal of the season and averting United’s first defeat of the Championship term.
Leeds remain one of four unbeaten clubs in the division and Rosler praised his side’s recovery from a period in the first half when Brentford took control and opened the scoring through Austrian striker Marco Djuricin.
Antenucci’s half-time arrival helped to turn the match, though Rosler insisted afterwards that the striker’s impact would not automatically prompt him to alter his line-up to accomodate Antenucci in his starting side.
Rosler said Brentford – last season’s play-off semi-finalists – would be “round about where they were last season, no question” but asked about his own squad’s potential, the 46-year-old insisted: “It’s very important that we never lose our targets.
“It was crystal clear in May that we wanted to be better and improve from last season.
“Hopefully we’ll finish top 10. That was, from day one, the target and that will not change.
“It will not change with an unbeaten run or when we maybe have one or two disappointing results.
“That’s what we’re aiming for and I think we’re on track to achieve that.”
Leeds are 12th in the Championship table ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Ipswich Town – who lost 5-1 away at Reading on Friday night – at Elland Road.