Leeds manager Brian McDermott has aired his frustration at the defeats suffered by his team in the last four days. The week started off well with an away win at Bolton but soon turned sour after Adam Le Fondre’s late, late winner at the Madejski on Wednesday. The manager’s week didn’t improve at home to Burnley either, where Leeds suffered their 3rd defeat in eight games.
He said “I am glad to see the back of this week. We gave two soft goals away. We have to earn the right to play” and expressed disappointment at his sides first half performance on Saturday claiming that Leeds were ‘beat up’ within the initial 45 minutes. Despite the obvious improvement in the second period of the game McDermott was still unhappy with the performance and labelled it as ‘unacceptable’.
Leeds managed to dominate in the second half and squandered enough chances to win the game let alone draw level, but they failed to convert in front of goal until Matt Smith headed the ball into the back of the net with ten minutes remaining; the goal was his first touch of the game. United have lacked quality in the final third this season, and without addressing the need for a goal poacher could find themselves needing to keep a clean sheet to salvage points from their fixtures. McDermott is aware that the lack of an out and out goal scorer is an issue but has said it’s an expensive one to resolve. Unfortunately quality strikers don’t come cheap and the wage demands could be too high for a club who have been open about their desire to decrease their wage bill.
Losing two games on the trot is a bitter pill to swallow, but with the return of Sam Byram and the opportunity to add a winger to the side on loan thanks to Hall’s recent departure are the positives in an otherwise bleak week. For the first time in years I have 100% faith in the manager and I believe Brian McDermott will excel at Leeds and will enable the side to bounce back from the recent disappointment.