Leeds United finished with an excellent 2-0 win over second top Brighton in their final game before the international break.

With Huddersfield losing and Newcastle only drawing, former Leeds star Ben Parker believes his old club should definitely be looking up rather than down.

When club football resumes, Leeds have only a two point gap to Huddersfield and eight and nine points respectively behind Brighton and Newcastle.

It is now at the business end of the promotion race and the pressure is being felt all around.

The last half dozen matches have seen Leeds pick up more points than any other in the top seven. The Elland Road outfit have 12 points from a possible 18, whilst no other club has managed more than 10 from these past six matches.

Sheffield Wednesday are a prime example of feeling the pressure, with only one win and four points from this half dozen game run.

Championship top seven – points picked up from last six games:

12 Leeds

10 Huddersfield

9 Brighton

9 Fulham

9 Newcastle United

7 Reading 

4 Sheffield Wednesday

Leeds visit Newcastle on Friday 14 April and the Magpies will be hoping not to give any encouragement to Garry Monk’s team in the intervening three matches.

NUFC face Wigan & Burton at home before going to Sheffield Wednesday.

Yesterday brought confirmation that St James Park had sold out for the visit of Leeds, over three weeks before the game, reaffirming that this is the biggest game of the season that remains for Rafa’s players, at least on paper.

Let’s hope we can all sit back and enjoy it with a minimum of seven points from these upcoming trio of matches which would take Newcastle onto 85 points or more before Leeds come to Toon.

Ben Parker speaking to Radio Yorkshire:

“What gives me confidence is the clubs above Leeds aren’t playing too well,

“People are grumbling that we (Leeds) aren’t playing too well but even though we haven’t been great, we are still picking up points and that is what’s important at this stage of the season.

“Out of the top seven we are the form team, picking up points whilst others are dropping them – that’s what gives me confidence.

“Yes the top two is a tough ask but I’d rather try to achieve that than look behind.”