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Leeds win over QPR moves them into automatic promotion place

Leeds' 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Elland road puts them in the automatic promotion places in the Championship, as Max Gradel netted a brace to seal a deserved victory. On the win Whites boss Simon Grayson said: "Given the quality of the opposition and what QPR have achieved, this was our most outstanding home performance of the season.

"We have a high expectancy level at this club and rightly so. Our fans want and expect the best. The club deserves to be back in the Premiership but there is a lot of work still to be done if we are to achieve that. It is where we finish in May that matters, but I was delighted with the performance and the manner of the win.

"We were outstanding for most of the game and dominated it by working hard and making our tackles count. Max Gradel deserved his two goals. He is still learning the game and he frustrates you at times but you can never fault his desire to succeed."

QPR manager Neil Warnock lamented his side's defending.

"It was a good game, too, but if we defend like we did we will get beaten by any team in the division. It is disappointing because that part of our game has definitely been our strength this season," he said.

"I thought the (Leeds) celebrations in the tunnel were premature because we are not at Christmas yet. You would think they were already there, but I think anybody could go up. Leicester and Portsmouth are two decent sides, for example.

"We have played nine of the top 10 sides in the division away from home so we just have to keep going and stop feeling sorry for ourselves after two defeats in a row.

"If you had told me we would be top at Christmas after losing only two games I would have snapped your hand off.

"I quite enjoyed the game because there was a great atmosphere generated by the crowd but we conceded two very poor goals. We probably caught Leeds at the wrong time because they are on a long unbeaten run."

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