By Ben Brown

1st May, 2022 | 5:57pm

Leeds United can't rely on other teams dropping points in relegation battle - Phil Hay

The Athletic’s Leeds United correspondent Phil Hay has said the club will need to pick up points of their own if they are to secure Premier League survival.

Relegation rivals Burnley and Everton both picked up victories over the weekend whilst the Whites succumbed to a 4-0 home defeat against Manchester City to leave them sitting just two points clear of the drop zone.

And Hay believes that latest switch in this rollercoaster season shows that Jesse Marsch’s side won’t be able to rely on favours from other teams in their fight to survive.

“All round, a horrific weekend,” he said via his Twitter account (1 May).

“Blindingly apparent now that results elsewhere aren’t going to do it for Leeds.

“(They) will have to pull results out the hat.”

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Pressure On

No one realistically expected Leeds to get anything from the encounter with Manchester City so when the final whistle blew on Saturday evening most fans were down but not disheartened, safe in the knowledge Everton faced a tricky test of their own the next day against Chelsea.

Fast forward to full time at Goodison with the Toffees claiming an improbable 1-0 win and the heat is right back up to unbearable temperatures for everyone involved at Leeds.

A five-game unbeaten run at this stage of the season would normally be enough to drag a side away from trouble but such has been the form of everyone down there the Whites are still firmly in danger of the rug being swept from underneath them.

And whilst Hay is right in that they will likely have to pick up some results of their own if they are to retain their Premier League status, games to come against Arsenal and the aforementioned Chelsea mean they face an uphill task to put some points on the board.

As difficult as those games may seem they quite simply have to keep pace with their relegation rivals otherwise a return to the Championship seems inevitable.

In other Leeds United news, Pep Guardiola was amazed by what the fans did during their defeat to his Manchester City side.