Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce insists the team must earn the right for promotion after their 1-0 win over Leeds took them to the top of the Coca-Cola Championship.
Bruce’s men did not produce the performance or the goals that might have been expected against rock-bottom Leeds, but Nicklas Bendtner’s 10th goal of the season - and his first of 2007 - ensured victory for City.
Bruce said: "What we have to guard against is this air that seems to have been about the place that we have a divine right to be top of the table and a divine right to go up because we were in the Premiership last year.
"There is no divine right."
Blues were grateful when a Richard Cresswell shot was cleared off the goalline by Stephen Clemence with Leeds manager Dennis Wise claiming it should have counted as a goal.
Wise said: "If we had got video evidence to call on we would be at least a point better off now but we have to work with what we have got.
"Clemence’s standing foot was on the goalline, which means his kicking foot must have been behind the line. It was a goal, plain and simple."
Blues now hold a one-point advantage over nearest promotion rivals West Brom and Derby.