DELIGHTED head coach Thomas Christiansen said Saturday’s 1-0 victory at home to Norwich City had further boosted confidence that his Leeds United side were close to where they “belong” – in the Championship’s top six.
United bagged a fourth win from their last six league games thanks to Pontus Jansson’s first-half header which put seventh-placed Leeds just one point behind fifth-placed Aston Villa and sixth-placed Sheffield United.
The Whites will now definitely be in the play-offs over Christmas should they beat next Saturday’s visitors Hull City given that Villa and the Blades lock horns at Villa Park next Saturday evening.
“I’m very pleased with the performance and the three points,” said Christiansen.
“It’s a victory that gives us more confidence that this is where we belong, close to the top six. We want to try and finish the first round in that position.
“It’s important, the position where we are, how we play and how we take the results especially after the bad results we’ve had.
“The response has been good. The belief in the squad has always been there. And now we’ve taken another positive result.”
Christiansen also handed out praise to ‘keeper Felix Wiedwald who put the mistake he made last weekend at QPR behind him by making some strong saves en route to keeping a clean sheet.
“Felix has improved a lot,” said Christiansen. “He showed his character because after QPR and the mistake he made, he saved the team and today he made a good save.
“It’s another clean sheet on his account and he may be one of the best goalkeepers in this league on clean sheets. All the wins are satisfying.
“Today was a difficult game, a good opponent who came from a win last week and came with the idea to take one point.
It’s a victory that gives us more confidence that this is where we belong, close to the top six. We want to try and finish the first round in that position.Leeds United head coach, Thomas Christiansen
“That put a little bit more pressure on us but we handled the situation well and deserved the three points.”