Norwich City clash is one to relish says Leeds boss
Leeds boss Simon Grayson is relishing the chance to revive a modern-day rivalry against the Canaries in Saturday's top six Championship showdown at Elland Road.
Grayson is looking forward to the latest instalment of a developing saga against Paul Lambert's men after sharing one win apiece in last season's League One tussles.
Chris Martin's late match winning strike at Carrow Road in March proved decisive over the title run in after Leeds triumphed on home soil earlier in the campaign – and Grayson is not surprised both are in the mix again for a second consecutive promotion push.
'We've got enough points to suggest that we won't get relegated,' he said, with Leeds two points adrift of City ahead of this weekend's fixture. 'That was always my main aim. Only time will tell where we finish but we set ourselves ambitions and goals at the start of the season and they haven't changed. Eventually I want us to get back to the Premier League, whether it's this year or next year. We're doing well but I want us to do better.
'A lot of teams will still think they can get automatic promotion or into the top six. All I want us to do is fulfil the ambition we set out with at the start of the season.
'My main focus now is to get the players ready for Norwich. It's going to be a fantastic, hard game for us and they're a team we know a lot about. We had two cracking games against them last year and they're doing well like us. I hope I'm speaking about the same result.'
Leeds are unbeaten in the league at Elland Road since title contenders Cardiff romped to a 4-0 win back in October – but Grayson's side have sneaked into the play-offs on the back of consistent away form. Highly-rated wide player Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel sealed the club's latest win at Bristol City last weekend.
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'Whenever we go away from home, we find ourselves playing at grounds which have a full house for the first time this season,' said Grayson. 'We seem to be able to handle it. There's a lot of spirit among the players and they realise what it means to play for this football club and to play for the shirt. Bristol City had a great result at Preston, but our performance was really professional. We controlled the game in the first half and we could have had a few more goals.'