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Leeds United v Leicester City: Promotion’s up for grabs - Warnock

EARLY WINNER: United striker Luciano Becchio strokes home a third-minute penalty which was enough to hand Leeds victory over Leicester. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

EARLY WINNER: United striker Luciano Becchio strokes home a third-minute penalty which was enough to hand Leeds victory over Leicester. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

  • by Phil Hay
 

A spirited Neil Warnock claimed promotion from a wide-open Championship was “up for grabs” after Leeds United continued their revival with a 1-0 win over Leicester City.

Four days after knocking Crystal Palace off the top of the league, an early penalty from Luciano Becchio was enough to give Leeds the scalp of fourth-placed Leicester at Elland Road last night.

United ended a seven-game winless streak by inflicting a rare defeat on Palace on Saturday, and they held on amid a second-half fightback from Leicester to climb up to 15th in the division.

Warnock appeared to have written off United’s chances of promotion a week ago, prior to GFH Capital finalising its takeover of the West Yorkshire club, but the Leeds manager said: “It’s great to see the results coming in.

“Not many people would have tipped us to win both games because the glass is always half empty in Leeds but we’ve shown what we’re about.

“I think we’re as good as anything in the league.

“We just have to go out and prove that. The league’s absolutely wide open. Anyone in the bottom six could go up, that’s how ridiculous it is. I can’t see anyone walking away with it. There’s not an outstanding team and it’s up for grabs. That’s why I’m so happy.

“There’s always pressure on managers and the pressure on me is that everyone knows what I want to do this season.

“I always believed that we were capable of it with a little bit of help and we’ve got that now.”

Warnock again paid tribute to recent signings Alan Tate and Jerome Thomas, both of whom were instrumental in last night’s win having impressed against Palace on Saturday.

“I’m not saying the two new lads were outstanding,” Warnock said, “but I don’t think we’d have won either game without them. That’s fair to say.”

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