Steve McClaren expects Leeds United to be in the Championship promotion chase this season after they edged out his QPR side 2-1 on Saturday.
The 57-year-old former England manager thought he had engineered a successful away-day at Elland Road when Nahki Wells put the R's in front during the first half.
However, Kemar Roofe equalised on the stroke of half-time before grabbing a second from the penalty spot eight minutes after the break to seal the win for Marco Bielsa's side.
The win keeps the Whites second in the Championship behind Norwich, while they are five points clear of third-placed Sheffield United with just over half of the season remaining.
McClaren is predicting a clutch of teams breaking away to fight it out for automatic promotion and play-off places in the second half of the season and he is sure Leeds will remain firmly in contention.
He said: "It was a strange league to start with. It was very even, I think now you're starting to see six, seven, eight teams coming through, Aston Villa being one of them.
"I expect Stoke (will feature) as well. A lot of big clubs and only three can go up. There's going to be a lot of disappointed clubs at the end of the season with big expectations who won't make it. And I think we're beginning to see the pressure of that.
"You'll see as the season goes on and it'll be who handles the pressure the most and the best. Not just in terms of management but in terms of squad players, and Leeds are going to be up there, without a shadow of a doubt."
Leeds are 2/1 to win the Championship title this season, while they are priced at 4/6 to win promotion.
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