Leeds United: Luke Murphy homes in on top-six aim

Jack Butland

Jack Butland

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Leeds end a five-week Elland Road exile on Saturday with Luke Murphy urging: Let’s start our play-off charge.

After bagging five points from four straight away games, the Whites are finally back on home turf for the visit of Bolton.

And midfielder Murphy insists the recent capture of Jack Butland and Connor Wickham highlights their determination to gate-crash the top six.

He said: “The club still believe, otherwise they wouldn’t have brought in two massive names.

“They are international players and it was a statement that the club and manager aren’t settling for second best.

“We really want to push on and get promoted. The manager’s done last runs before and he knows what’s needed to get into the top six.

“It’ll be nice to get back to Elland Road. We’ve got a few home games coming up now and that gives us a chance.”

Jermaine Beckford, who scored 85 goals in 152 games in Leeds colours, could return to his old haunt after missing the last two months for Bolton with a hamstring injury.

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