Sol Bamba claimed Leeds United’s performance in a 2-2 draw with Derby County “gave a message” to the rest of the Championship – but refused to talk up the club’s chances of making the play-offs.
Leeds came within 12 minutes of completing a home-and-away double over a Derby side that has lost twice all season before a late Tom Ince goal saw the points shared at Elland Road on Tuesday night.
Bamba, who returned to Leeds’ line-up after a lengthy absence and scored their first goal, said growing confidence was behind the club’s current six-game unbeaten run but warned that it was “too early” for United to be thinking about a top-six finish.
Leeds are nine points behind sixth-placed Ipswich Town but will cut the gap to at least seven if they beat MK Dons tomorrow.
Bamba said: “I think (the Derby game) gave a message to the rest of the league. If we play like that then I think we can look up. There’s belief and the confidence that we can go out and perform like that against any team in the league.
“It’s a bit of a cliche but we’re taking each game as it comes. So many teams could be in the top six. We definitely want to be in the mix and if we continue this way then we will be but it’s too early to talk about that.”
United’s captain said Leeds would be helped by Steve Evans’ plans for the January transfer window coming to fruition.
“If you want to do well in the division then you have to have a big squad and I think we’re a bit short,” Bamba said.