Eunan O’Kane will serve his three-game-ban after he and the club decided not to appeal the red card he received at Ipswich Town. There was little chance Leeds would appeal, the evidence was as clear as day, it was a bizarre moment from one of our most experienced players and it cost us the game.
We need players to be standing up and fighting in the right way and a player doing that in the 37th minute of a game we looked like winning is a terrible way of representing the club. O’Kane will now miss some key games and with Ronaldo Vieira injured and Kalvin Phillips on the brink of a ban it isn’t exactly ideal timing. O’Kane started the season like a man on a mission but things turned for the player when we went on a bad run, he was hooked at half-time at Brentford after a series of very poor performances and hasn’t really got back into the side, only when Vieira became injured and Phillips needed a rest.
players have to be better disciplined on the pitch. The incident leading to the six-game-ban for Samu Saiz was a disgrace and although he has apologised it doesn’t help us reach our targets for the season. We have the worst discipline in the league and that comes out of frustration more than anything. O’Kane now faces three games out in which we, now than ever need the experienced players to help us through. Ronaldo Vieira often finds himself carrying the midfield and that shouldn’t be on the shoulders of a 19-year-old. O’Kane said the players were naturally disappointed with Saiz after the red card, six days later he got one himself.