The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BORO passed up the chance to open up a healthy lead at the top of the ta­ble – but it wasn’t for the want of try­ing.

Ai­tor Karanka’s side carved out a host of good op­por­tu­ni­ties, but were de­nied by a com­bi­na­tion of some less-than-clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing and an in­spired per­for­mance from Leeds goal­keeper Marco Silvestri.

They host Bolton at the River­side on Tues­day and can­not af­ford to be as prof­li­gate again if they want to try to pull away from their pro­mo­tion ri­vals.

Leeds have won five of their last six matches now, and while they’re still a long way away from the play-off places, it’s not in­con­ceiv­able that they could yet be a fac­tor.

At the very least, they can have a stress-free fin­ish to the sea­son.

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