Look at the fixtures for this weekend and you understand why the defeatist air hanging over Elland Road may be as premature as the Warnock on his lucky Saturday night twice a year. Leeds travel to Ipswich for a must win can be won game against a team battling to avoid the drop. But more importantly, Forest, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Brighton and Bolton could all drop points.
Leicester and Miserableboro can't win a game to save their lives at the moment and you wouldn't back either to collect three points, no matter who the opposition. Millwall are still in the relegation mix so can't afford to be focused only on the FA Cup, and it's not difficult to see Boro getting devoured by the increasingly desperate Wolves. Bolton travel to Charlton, with the news that their captain has been sacked after years of great service, hanging like an albatross around their promotion necks.
Meanwhile, the Seagulls travel to in form Forest and it's hard to imagine Poyet's team avoiding defeat.
Three points for Leeds at Portman Road and suddenly the corpse could be wheeled out of the morgue.