The favourites for promotion before the start of the season, Leeds United started 2009/10 as if
they were in something of a hurry to finally lay the ghosts of lower division football to rest and
get back to something approaching the normality of the Championship. Their credentials seemed to be
confirmed by their January FA Cup win at Old Trafford and grabbing a draw at White Hart Lane
against Tottenham Hotspur in the next round of the same competition.