Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe says the squad are confident of finishing in the top two of the Championship and gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The club are currently in contention for a playoff place, residing in fifth position on 41 points after 23 games.

The side are however still eight points off the top two at the halfway stage of the season.

After losing to fellow promotion hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion, the Peacocks are now on a three-game winning streak having beaten Preston North End 4-1 on Boxing Day.

English winger Roofe says that the team are quietly confident that they can gain automatic promotion into the top division of English football.

“Of course. Why not? If we keep winning week-in, week-out we’ll see where we get to and claw the teams above us down,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It’s calm in (the dressing room). We’re silently confident but obviously we go game by game, we don’t get carried away and we concentrate on ourselves.

“When you start looking at other teams and start looking up the table I think that’s when you start struggling, but I know as long as we look after ourselves we’ll be alright.”

Forward Roofe has made 27 appearances for Leeds so far this season, scoring two goals.

The Whites finish 2016 with a trip to Aston Villa and kick off 2017 with a home match against Rotherham before an away FA Cup tie at Cambridge United as they look to continue their good form.

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