Grayson: Play-offs not out of reach

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Leeds manager Simon Grayson believes a play-off spot is "still up for grabs" even though a goalless home draw with Reading was not enough to lift his side back into the top six in the npower Championship.

Leeds slipped out of the play-offs shortly before kick-off following Nottingham Forest's 3-2 win over east Midlands rivals Leicester.

But Grayson's side turned in their best performance for several weeks to halt Reading's eight-game winning run, and the manager said: "If we carry on like that we stand a good chance of getting some good results in the last three games. It's still up for grabs."

He added: "We said a few weeks ago when we were in (the play-off) positions, there will be twists and turns.

"There will be extra pressure on other teams now to stay in there."

Reading headed north with hopes of maintaining their superb late challenge for a top-two finish following an eight-game winning run, and the point gained keeps them fourth, two points behind Cardiff and four adrift of second-placed Norwich.

Reading boss Brian McDermott saluted goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, an England Under-21 international, who put in a stunning performance for the visitors.

He said: "He pulled one out of the top corner in the first half. It was a fabulous save and one at the end there as well. He's a really good young goalkeeper and we're blessed with good goalkeepers at our club."

McDermott, delighted with his players' desire and commitment, has not yet given up on the direct route into the Barclays Premier League.

He added: "This leaves us fourth with 73 points and we move on to Sheffield United on Monday and we're looking forward to playing at home again."

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