By Will Butcher
Leeds defender Kyle Bartley labelled his team’s 3-0 defeat to QPR on Sunday as a “kick up the backside” for the players.
The Whites were comfortably second best to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side in the Championship opener as a series of sloppy mistakes allowed QPR to ease to a comfortable win.
Bartley, who joined on loan from Swansea earlier this summer, played all 90 minutes at the heart of the Leeds defence alongside captain Sol Bamba.
The 25-year-old admitted afterwards, as quoted on the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Correspondent Phil Hay, that the players let down the club’s 3,000-strong travelling support.
Kyle Bartley said today was a "kick up the backside". "We let (the fans) down today but I'd stress how much we need them." #lufclive
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 7, 2016
The Yorkshire giants went into the match full of optimism, but an early goal from the R’s captain Nedum Onuhoa set the tone for a dismal afternoon in London for Garry Monk’s new-look side.
Monk started four of his seven new recruits, with Rob Green keeping goal, fellow Swansea loanee Matt Grimes playing in the number 10 role and winger Kemar Roofe occupying the left-flank.
Bartley, who has also played for Birmingham City after coming through the ranks Arsenal, called on Leeds fans to get behind the team despite the result.
The Manchester born defender made 19 appearances during his time at the Midlands based side last season, but returned to the Liberty Stadium as cover in January.
Along with today’s new starting faces, Leeds have also signed Sporting Lisbon winger Hadi Sacko, Spanish international Pablo Hernandez and Marcus Antonsson.
In other Leeds news, this Sky Sports pundit has this to say about Sacko.