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Leeds chairman Bates convinced of playoff chances

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates believes they're capable of reaching the Championship playoffs.

Leeds have looked at home in the Championship following promotion, but have been on the end of two heavy defeats against Barnsley and Preston.

Bates is relatively pleased with the Whites' progress this term and is staying positive that Simon Grayson's troops will regain their form.

"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 10 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.

"I'm not at all dispirited other than with two games. Ipswich on Saturday could have gone either way."

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