Leeds boss Simon Grayson was left purring at his side's ``best performance of the season'' after a 3-0 win at Brighton.
New Brighton boss Gus Poyet came up against Leeds for the first time since departing his role as assistant manager to Dennis Wise in October 2007, but Grayson insisted no extra motivation was required. First-half goals from Robert Snodgrass and leading scorer Jermaine Beckford put Leeds in control and Neil Kilkenny's last-minute strike put the seal on another comfortable victory for Grayson's men.
He said: ``We've set ourselves up to have a successful season but you don't get promotion at the end of November and we're there to be shot at."
He added: ``It was a really difficult game for us and a potential banana skin but, putting everything together, we produced our best performance of the season.''
United have only lost one of their last 16 league games, and they have scored 16 goals in their winning five-match run, but Grayson is taking nothing for granted.
He added: ``We set ourselves high standards, are very committed and we must keep at it.
``I'm happy with our points tally but we are determined to be level-headed. We have a fantastic work ethic and this must be maintained as we look to keep our position at the top of the table.''
Midfielder Snodgrass, who put Leeds on their way with a 27th-minute opener, also felt this had to rank as one of his sides best displays given that it came at Brighton's temporary ground - a converted athletics stadium.
He said: ``It was tough to play at Brighton. But we focused on ourselves and our finishing was clinical.
``A performance like this will take us a long way. We had questions asked of us and we dealt with it. It's not easy to stay at the top of the league; it's only November and we need to kick on from here. You need to turn it on in games like this and this has to be up there in terms of our best performance.''
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