HEAD COACH Neil Redfearn hopes victory against Millwall this weekend can take Leeds United to the periphery of the Championship’s top half, adding “you don’t rule anything out” after that.
Redfearn acknowledges that United’s primary objective is to stay in the division but the Whites could boot eight points clear of the bottom three by beating the third-bottom Lions at Elland Road on Saturday.
And while 17th-placed Leeds are still 17 points behind sixth-placed Brentford, Redfearn is urging his Whites to “squeeze as much out of this season as possible” with 16 games and 48 points left to play for.
Leeds currently have 35 points and Redfearn wants United getting to the usual 50-point safety marker as quickly as possible but United are now seventh in the Championship form table having taken 11 points from their last six games.
Redfearn said: “The main issue is to try and stay in the division and you want to try and get to that 50 point marker as quick as you can.
“But I think if we can get to that 50-point mark quickly then I think we’ve got to try and squeeze as much out of this season as we can.
“And you don’t rule anything out.
“We’re only one win off 12th position and that puts you in a lot stronger position but a lot of clubs above us will be thinking the same thing.
“It’s a tough division and we respect the division and we’re respecting the division in the fact that we have done what the division has asked.
“We’re working hard, we are being difficult to beat, we’ve been organised and we are respecting each team as they come.
“We are starting to pick up results because of it.
“I think Millwall will come and fight and I think they are fighting for their lives.
“They are finding a bit of form and it will be a tough game because they had a great result at Birmingham and they beat Forest away from home.
“They’ve got good players – it’s no secret that I admire one of their players in Martyn Woolford but they’ve got other players that are good players as well. I think it’s going to be a tough game for us.”