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Leeds United manager Neil Warnock is still targeting the play-offs
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has admitted his time is running out at the club but reaching the npower Championship play-offs is all he is focusing on.
The Whites travel to Middlesbrough tomorrow night five points adrift of the top six having dropped two valuable points at Wolves on Saturday.
Danny Batth’s first league goal in stoppage time saw Wolves clinch a late point at Molineux, leaving Leeds to rue a missed opportunity to close the gap on the play-off places.
Warnock, whose contract runs out in May, confirmed earlier this week no talks about his future at the Elland Road side had yet taken place.
But the 64-year-old former QPR and Sheffield United manager, still thinks promotion is achievable for Leeds.
“We’ve 16 games left and we’ll be giving it a good go,” said Warnock.
“We were disappointed not to take all three points on Saturday, but you move on and we’ll look to the Middlesbrough game.
“I’ve said before that time is running out for me as a manager and I want to go up. I want to get in the play-offs. That’s why I’m here, that’s what I want to achieve.
“That’s why I’m more disappointed and frustrated than anyone when we come away with a point from a game we should have won.”
Boro manager Tony Mowbray has backed his players to end a minor crisis in their promotion push after Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat by Barnsley marked their fifth league defeat in a row.
Middlesbrough, who had spent several weeks in second place behind leaders Cardiff, have slumped to sixth and were booed off at both half and full-time at the Riverside this weekend.
“There was an anxiety there that was compounded by the concession of an early goal,” said Mowbray.
“The place took off when we got 2-1 in front and everybody was bouncing, but the pin was put in the inflated balloon again by the goal we conceded. Then the anxiety returned.
“That’s football and you have to deal with that, there’s no magic way out of it. There’s no magic formula, you just have to work hard.”