Leeds United analysis: Numbers game stacks up for Whites in 2015

Leeds United's head coach Neil Redfearn.
Leeds United's head coach Neil Redfearn.
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THE numbers game is certainly stacking up for Leeds United at the moment, with statistics revealing that only two Championship sides have taken more points that the rejuvenated Whites so far in 2015.

United were in a real hole at the end of 2014, seeing out the old calendar year with a poor and dispiriting 2-0 reverse to Derby County in front of the television cameras on December 30.

That defeat left Leeds just one point above the relegation zone in 20th place in the table with alarm bells ringing.

But in the 12 games since that night at the iPro Stadium, resurgent United have amassed 23 points, a tally equal to Middlesbrough and only surpassed by Boro’s fellow automatic promotion chasers Norwich City (28) and Watford (25 points).

It’s a haul of almost two points a game, with Neil Redfearn’s side having won seven of their 12 matches so far this calendar year, drawing three times and lost just twice.

They now reside in 13th place, nine places - and 16 points - above the drop zone.

In the form table over the past ten games, Leeds have amassed 21 points, one less than Norwich and Watford.

United’s run has featured a landmark maiden victory at the DW Stadium and a first triumph in Reading since the late eighties.

Another sweet moment saw Huddersfield Town beaten at the John Smith’s Stadium on January 31, thanks to Billy Sharp’s late strike, which secured Leeds’ first double over Town since April 1939 - before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Leeds’ form in their 12 games so far in 2015 is a far cry from 12 months ago when the won just two of their first dozen Championship matches, losing seven - including a desperate 6-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday.

Championship form table in 2015 so far: Norwich (28 points), Watford (25), Leeds (23), Middlesbrough (23), Brentford (22), Nottingham Forest (22), Derby (21), Wolves (21), Bournemouth (18), Charlton (17), Brighton (17), Birmingham (15), Sheffield Wednesday (15), Ipswich (14), Huddersfield (14), Rotherham (14), Cardiff (13), Blackburn (13), Bolton (12), Reading (12), Fulham (11), Wigan (11), Millwall (8), Blackpool (8).