We’ve been on a poor run of late but the play-offs are still in sight and Leeds have every chance of reaching Premier League

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MONK ROCKER

Elland Road regular Kevin Markey is sure Garry Monk and his men can bounce back with three wins to seal a top-six finish

GARRY MONK was appointed Leeds United boss in June 2016 and had little time to get his feet under the table, never mind prepare a squad for the upcoming season.

Despite just four points from the first six league games, Monk managed to keep Il mangia-allenatori (‘the manager-eater’) owner Massimo Cellino at arm’s length and everything started to blossom at LS11 as the Whites rose towards the play-off positions.

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Leeds boss Garry Monk has done a fine job but needs his side to bounce back again

After a patchy 2-1 win at Rotherham the team managed to keep in the top six until the 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves over the Easter period where they now lie in seventh on goal difference with three games to go in the regular season.


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But Leeds’ bid to rejoin the Premier League elite 13 years on from relegation is under serious threat in the aftermath of Wolves’ victory.

It was a bad time play one of their worst games of their home campaign.

Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham took full advantage by beating QPR and Aston Villa respectively climbing above the Whites in the process.

A poor run of just two wins from their last eight games ended a four-month tenure in the Championship play-off positions.

Leeds star Gaetano Berardi tangles with Newcastle frontman Ayoze Perez in the 1-1 draw last week

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Leeds star Gaetano Berardi tangles with Newcastle frontman Ayoze Perez in the 1-1 Championship draw between promotion chasers  last week

Monk admits his team face the “biggest three games of our lives” – with Burton, Norwich and Wigan the teams Leeds must beat to have a real chance of being at Wembley come May.

If they do they will be in the top six as Wednesday and Fulham play each other at Hillsborough on the final weekend.

Monk’s squad have been on course for a top-six finish since before Christmas, maintaining a place in the play-offs for 25 consecutive matches.

Newcastles Issac Hayden fires in a shot at goal but Leeds steadied the ship and hope they are back on course

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Newcastle’s Issac Hayden fires in a shot but Leeds steadied the ship and are back on course

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been difficult to work for but Garry Monk has achieved it

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Massimo Cellino has been difficult to work for but Garry Monk has achieved it

Garry Monk hopes Leeds will go up to the Prem in May - just as Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle side seem likely to do

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Garry Monk hopes Leeds will go up to the Premier League  in May – just as Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle side seem likely to do

“Here we go,” said Monk, whose side head to Burton Albion on Saturday.

“This is the interesting part. We’ve spent so long in there with a points advantage and now we don’t have that.

“We don’t have that luxury any more.  Now we must go on the hunt and sometimes it’s easier with less pressure on you when you’re on the hunt.

“When you’re in (the top six) it’s maybe a different pressure but we’ve got to take care of our own business and these are the three biggest games of our lives. We must approach them in that way. “

Monk insisted he was confident that his players would cope with the mounting pressure.

It’s the sort of pressure Monk has dealt with since that day in June. Nobody expected a play-off push this year.

Leeds United coach James Beattie proves he’s still got it with this strike in training

Coach James Beattie has been a major influence and help as Garry Monk brings stability and progress to Leeds

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Coach James Beattie has been a major influence and help as Garry Monk brings stability and progress to Leeds

The fans had been used to their teams jostling for mid-table mediocrity for so long.

But if a side needs to win three games in a row to finish in the top six then it’s a Garry Monk side.

It certainly should not be beyond the capabilities of a club of Leeds’ stature.

With the help of Monk’s aides Pep Clotet and James Beattie the mentality has changed at Elland Road.

Do not be surprised if the sleeping giant is still awake come that Bank Holiday at the end of May.

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