Grayson still predicts top-two finish

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Leeds manager Simon Grayson remains convinced his side will gain automatic promotion from League One despite seeing them slip to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of runaway leaders Norwich.

The visitors looked to be heading for a well-deserved point when, with just one minute of normal time remaining, Stephen Hughes crossed for fellow substitute Chris Martin to head home a dramatic winner for the Canaries. Leeds' misery was compounded moments later when substitute Tresor Kandol, who had been on the pitch for less than a minute, was red-carded for raising his hands to Darel Russell.

Grayson said: ``I firmly believe the group of players we have got will get us to where we want to be. If they keep playing like they did here for the rest of the season then I am sure we will be fine.''

He added: ``I thought we dictated the game from start to finish and as a group we are hugely disappointed with the result. Football has a funny habit of kicking you where it hurts at times.

``We set ourselves up to stifle them, which worked very well, and we also got the ball down and passed it. We didn't over-create, I know that, but I thought there was only one team out there who looked likely to win it.

``We just couldn't do the most difficult thing in football and that's sticking the ball in the back of the net.

``Nobody ever said being a manager was an easy job but you've always got to stay positive and after the disappointment of losing to Millwall the other night there were a lot of positives to take out of this game, even though we ended up losing it as well."

Norwich manager Paul Lambert was delighted with the way his side stuck to their task.

He said: ``It was a very tough game and there weren't many chances which often happens in a match between two good, evenly-matched sides.

``I can't speak highly enough of the lads for coming through it. They've kept going right to the end and that's happened quite a few times this season."

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Stephen Hughes
Norwich City
Chris Martin
Chris Martin
League One
Tresor Kandol
Darel Russell
Leeds United

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