Leeds United v Coventry City: Somma gets Whites back on track

Davide Somma fired Leeds United to a precious victory over Coventry City and then backed his club to last the pace in the fight for automatic promotion.

Leeds were second in the Championship on Christmas Day on the back of three straight successes, but repeated stalemates had threatened to drop them out of the division's top six.

However, the 1-0 win over the Sky Blues consolidated their ranking and cut the gap to the last automatic promotion spot to three points. South African international Somma, whose second-half strike was his 11th of the season, said: "That's what we're fighting for. Why not try to go for it and get back-to-back promotions? You never know what can happen.

"We've been drawing a lot recently and it's a relief to win a game and come away with the points. We needed that."

Norwich's loss at Burnley allowed Nottingham Forest, the division's in-form team, to climb to second but United boss Simon Grayson was equally aware of pressure from clubs outside the play-off zone.

"We want to maintain our push for the play-offs and we knew that teams around us were getting results on a regular basis," he said. "A dozen teams probably feel they've got a chance of going into the Premier League automatically and if you don't do that, you want a play-off place.

"But there are still too many games left to be talking about what we might achieve."