LEEDS UNITED legend Eddie Gray has challenged the Whites to take a leaf out of Brentford’s book by propelling themselves into the business positions of the Championship with a turbo-charged run.
The Bees have hoisted themselves to third in the table on the back of an outstanding run of five successive victories, with their last defeat coming in a 3-1 reverse at Bolton Wanderers on October 25.
After that setback against the Trotters, Mark Warburton’s side were lying in mid-table in 13th spot and Gray believes United can take encouragement from the Londoners’ exploits since as they seek to do something similar.
Gray, who says that the need for Leeds to back up Saturday’s outstanding result against leaders Derby County with another positive one against another high-flyer in Ipswich is imperative ahead of this weekend’s Portman Road clash, said: One of the best sides we have played this year have been Brentford and they have just come up and they are moving into a challenging position at the moment.
“What Brentford’s form can go to show you in this league is that if you go on a run of five or six games, you can get up the table and that is what it is going to take for us; a run of four or five victories to get into that top six.
“It is no good winning one and losing one as if you do that, you aren’t going to move much in the league.
“It would be great to get a result at Ipswich. If you are going to be up there, I have always said you have got to win your home games or the majority of them and then pick your points up away from home.
“If we get a result at Ipswich, that would be terrific and then it’s Fulham at home, who are also picking up a little bit now. The league is a bit topsy-turvy.”
If Leeds back up their top-notch showing against the Rams, Gray sees no reason why Neil Redfearn’s side cannot claim something against Ipswich, but only if they hit the highs of last weekend in a league where if you have an off-day, you invariably get punished.
He added: “I think Neil will be stressing upon the players this week that if they go on and perform like they did against Derby and show the same commitment, we will be in a good place.
We worked extremely hard against Derby. But that should be a given in football anyway.
“But if you have the patience to do the right things at the right times and the concentration levels and the courage and confidence to play as we showed on Saturday, it can auger well.
“But as I have said many times, in this league, you can never tell and take anything for granted.