Leeds United boss Garry Monk has stated that the 2-0 loss at Brentford on Tuesday night ‘does not change our situation’ with last six games of the season fast approaching.
Leeds came off second best on Tuesday to a performance which Garry Monk had not witnessed from a Brentford so far side this season. The Whites boss stated that Brentford were ‘exceptional in the first half’ and that it was the best that he’d seen the London club play in his comments following the defeat.
Although Brentford found the net on two occasions, it could have been many more if Leeds’ stand out performer on the night Rob Green was not at his very best. The former England international provided a number of key saves in the game, including a fantastic double save in the second half, to keep Brentfords goal tally to a minimum.
However despite Tuesdays loss, and Saturdays defeat to Reading, United’s boss still claims that the clubs situation is unchanged. Monk stated to the Yorkshire Evening Post, ‘This doesn’t change our situation. We had eight games and now we’ve got six games. We’ll be ready for those last six games’. Monk also claimed that nobody expected Leeds to be where they are currently at before the season started, so the group needs prise rather than criticism to motivate the team through the final stages of the season.
Leeds have also been accused of providing a lack of chances away from home, being the main cause for the lack of goals recently. The last time the Whites scored away from home was in the 3-1 victory at Birmingham, and it can be argued that Leeds created three chances on the day and scored three goals. This may be down to the fact that Monk continues to play two holding midfielders, helping to break down opposition attacks, and leaving Pablo Hernandez being the main creator of attacks- and if the Spaniard struggles to do so then the attacking chances are rare.
United return to Elland Road on Saturday to face Preston, who are currently just outside the play-off positions and after dismantling Bristol City 5-0 on Tuesday night are in high spirits. Leeds will hope to return to winning ways and do the double over the Lancashire side, after the 4-1 win at Deepdale on Boxing Day resulting in Leeds’ biggest win of the campaign so far.