Paynter targets top two
Leeds striker Billy Paynter hopes to avoid the play-offs this season and clinch automatic promotion.
Last Updated: 21/02/11 9:27am
Leeds striker Billy Paynter hopes to avoid the play-offs this season and clinch automatic promotion instead.
The 26-year-old forward has yet to register his first goal for the Whites since joining on a free transfer from Swindon Town last summer.
But he almost scored the winner on Saturday during the entertaining 2-2 draw with Norwich City, but saw his effort go just past the post in the dying seconds.
Leeds' record in the play-offs is poor and the Elland Road outfit have lost out to Millwall, Doncaster Rovers and Watford in recent campaigns.
Paynter suffered heartache in the League One final at Wembley with the Robins last year, and he believes his current side have what it takes to finish in the Championship automatic spots, not only the top six.
"Winning a play-off final is a great way to go up but, if you get beaten, the only thing it means is that all the hard work put in over the course of a season counts for absolutely nothing," he said.
"The final at Wembley is a nice occasion but I'm sure our fans agree that it would be better to go up automatically.
"This team of ours can do that. Our home form is crucial but we have been getting good points on our travels as well.
"Playing at Wembley for Swindon last May was a great feeling but, after the game, all I felt was massive disappointment. It would be nice to avoid a repeat of that.
"If we do get in the play-offs, though, hopefully Leeds' luck in them can change."
Leeds' promotion campaign continues on Tuesday night when they host fellow Yorkshire side Barnsley.