Leeds United: This team won't lose focus! - Collins

Neill Collins admits he and his Leeds United team-mates aren't getting giddy over their lofty Championship position – and are leaving scrutiny of the league table to excited supporters.

United hoisted themselves to the dizzy heights of second spot following a potentially seminal 2-0 victory over leaders Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, moving to within three points of the Londoners in the process.

It provided the ideal early Christmas present for ecstatic Whites fans, daring to dream of back-to-back promotions and a return to the Premiership Promised Land they vacated so ignominiously in the spring of 2004.

But defender Collins, promoted to the top flight with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland, insists players aren't getting carried away at the current standings in any way whatsoever, especially with four games over a frenetic nine-day spell over the holiday season to negotiate.

He said: "Saturday puts a marker down, in terms of beating a good side.

"At the end of the day, Leeds fans deserve something to be giddy about as they have had a long hard time away (from the limelight) and it's good for them to enjoy it and up to us to keep up the expectations.

"But without being boring, you don't want to get carried away.

(Nottingham Forest boss) Billy Davies kind of struck a chord with me when he said on the telly recently that he has not looked at the league table yet.

"And I think that just shows his experience of this league, which this year is very tight.

"But I'd rather be where we are than anywhere else.

"We might have slipped under the radar in terms of pundits. But I don't think Leeds United will never manage to do that totally, in terms of crowds.

"Especially with the atmosphere away from home, which we've dealt with quite well."

He added: "I've been promoted twice before from this league and it takes a lot of hard work. We won 15 of our first 19 games at Wolves and had a better points difference than QPR and we led from the front.

"At Sunderland, we did slip under the radar a bit with a young and inexperienced team with the likes of George McCartney; the best left-back in the league and he was flying.

"It's not to dissimilar to this (at Leeds) and at Leeds we're always a scalp, like Sunderland were. We're getting used to that."

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel along with midfielders Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass have all been included in the Championship Team of the Week following impressive displays in the weekend win over Rangers.

Meanwhile, United are on course to attract a 30,000-plus gate for the home clash with Portsmouth on December 28, the club have confirmed.

twice before from this league and it takes a lot of hard work. We won 15 of our first 19 games at Wolves and had a better points difference than QPR and we led from the front.

"At Sunderland, we did slip under the radar a bit with a young and inexperienced team with the likes of George McCartney; the best left-back in the league and he was flying.

"It's not to dissimilar to this (at Leeds) and at Leeds we're always a scalp, like Sunderland were. We're getting used to that."

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel along with midfielders Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass have all been included in the Championship Team of the Week following impressive displays in the weekend win over Rangers.

Meanwhile, United are on course to attract a 30,000-plus gate for the home clash with Portsmouth on December 28, the club have confirmed.

Ross McCormack struck twice as United drew 2-2 in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Rochdale at Elland Road yesterday.

Ben Parker got ninety minutes under his belt as he continues his road back to full fitness, while Jamican international trialist Jason Morrison also featured for the full game.