By Amir Mir

Garry Monk believes Leeds failed to come out on top during “critical moments” during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Newcastle at Elland Road.

Rafa Benitez’ side opened the scoring when goalkeeper Rob Green fluffed a long ball from Jack Colback, which was volleyed in by Dwight Gayle in front of a sell-out crowd of 36,000.

Prior to the half-time break the home supporters vigorously appealed for a handball in the penalty area, but referee Graham Scott waved away the protests, which resulted in a booking for defender Pontus Jansson.

Nonetheless, Monk’s side did try to equalise, but Gayle doubled his side’s lead in the second-half to ensure they recorded all three points.

After the game, Monk provided his assessment of the game as he revealed the defining moments of the match as posted by the club’s official Twitter account.

The result means Leeds remain one place outside a play-off spot as they have registered 26 points from 17 games.

Monk’s men travel to their Yorkshire rivals Rotherham, who are bottom of the Championship table, for their next league fixture.

Leeds will then round off the month with a trip to Premier League giants Liverpool for the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

By contrast Newcastle lead the league by five points as they have accumulated an impressive 40 points form their 17 games.

They host Blackburn next Saturday, before taking on Premier League outfit Hull in their EFL Cup clash.

In other Leeds news, Garry Monk’s side have been dealt a huge blow as this key defender is set to miss the Rotherham fixture.