Leeds United chairman Ken Bates believes the clubs fate is still in their own hands despite dropping down to eighth in the championship table after a poor run of results.
Leeds have picked up just one point from a possible nine and they slipped out of the play off places for the first time since the beginning of November, with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at struggling Derby County on Boxing Day.
Bates believes with most of the top sides still to come to Elland Road their fate is still very much in their own hands.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio Bates said, “Football is very frustrating. We were poor against Reading; everybody knows we were poor against Reading. We have some good players in the team and they have to perform.
“There are only twenty-three games gone and another half of the season.
We have a lot of lessons to learn and we have to take advantage of them.
“We have Brighton, West Ham, Ipswich, Southampton, Leicester and Derby all to come to us yet, so the fate is in our own hands.”
Leeds have won just four of their last eleven games, picking up just fourteen points from a possible thirty-three.
Bates admits the players have been underperforming and that a number of players have not delivered. Despite this, Bates feels they will still be in contention at the end of the season.“We are capable of being better than what we have been; there is no doubt about that.
“We have a few weaknesses – we know that. Players who were thought would deliver -have not. On the other hand, that is an advantage.
“There is no excuse and no hiding and we will go forward and get the points to be in contention at the end of the season,” continued Bates.
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