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Bates: We can reach the play-offs

06 Oct 2010 - 15:46:42

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates believes there is reason for optimism this season and he predicts the Yorkshire side could finish in the play-off positions.

After winning promotion from League One last season, the Elland Road outfit sit in tenth place in the Championship table and, apart from heavy losses to Barnsley and Preston North End, Bates is pleased with the progress being demonstrated under manager Simon Grayson.

"I think we have done quite well, barring the two disasters. The Preston game was unbelievable," he told Yorkshire Radio.

"There are two trains of thought among fans I think; one thinks we're going to walk the league and another thinks it's all about consolidation.

"I thought, and I still do, that we will be around the top six at the end of the season.

"We're ten games in, we've seen the calibre of the opposition and with the exception of QPR there's nobody outstanding. Teams are losing to each other every week.

"There's nobody getting away, other than QPR, and anybody who puts a run together will be in contention. That could include Leeds United."


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