THREE games to go, nine points to play for, and a top six place up for grabs!

Let's hope we get our sums right in the next two weeks and everything adds up to a successful climax to the season for us.

A haul of just one point from six over the Easter weekend was a disappointing return to say the least given our recent form.

After beating Manchester United at home in the league, we headed to Old Trafford confident of coming away with a result last Saturday.

And we might have done had I slotted away THAT second half penalty when the game was delicately poised at 2-1.

I've never been afraid to pick the ball up and plant it on the spot in pressure situations and Saturday was no different.

Running up to it I was confident of scoring and I struck it pretty well but Ricardo guessed the right way and pulled off a decent save to keep it out.

Whether he should have been on the pitch to save it or not is a different matter altogether.

But I've certainly had some stick off my mates for missing it because that proved the turning point in the game.

From then on United fairly battered us in the last half hour and but for Brad the margin of defeat would have been even greater.

We then had the chance to bounce back against Bolton on Monday and blew it.

In terms of possession and the number of chances created, there was only one team in it but we couldn't find the killer touch in front of goal to finish them off.

Fortunately, Everton lost both of their games over Easter so it wasn't a complete disaster because we actually made up ground.

But if we want to pip them to that sixth spot then it's vital we win at Elland Road this weekend.

Leeds might have had a traumatic season on and off the pitch but make no mistake about it they'll still be a tough nut to crack this weekend.

Caretaker boss Peter Reid has a squad full of top class international players which is probably why he was so keen to take the job in the first place.

Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Alan Smith and Paul Robinson would all walk into virtually every other team in the Premiership.

So we've got to prepare for it in exactly the same way we approached our trip to Old Trafford, which is to respect the opposition but then have the confidence to play our own brand of football.

It will be good to catch up with Jason Wilcox once again.

When I used to watch Rovers as a fan from the Blackburn End Jason was a regular in the team.

He went on to become a vital member of the championship winning side before moving to Leeds where he has seen his fair share of ups and downs.

Meanwhile, did anyone see last night's Champions' League clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid?

What a feast of football that was!

Some of the stuff Madrid played on the night was simply breathtaking and a joy to watch.

United turned on the style against us last Saturday but the Spaniards were on a different level altogether.

Ronaldo underlined just why he's rated as one of the best in the world with a stunning hat-trick.

And if any youngsters out there want to know how to play the game then they won't go far wrong if they order a copy of Madrid's end of season video.

That was the beautiful game at its very best.