By Tom Blackburn
Garry Monk promised a response in Leeds’ next match as they collapsed to defeat in their Championship opener on Sunday.
Leeds lost 3-0 to QPR at Loftus Road, having gone 1-0 down after just four minutes when new goalkeeper Rob Green failed to deal with a corner.
Monk admitted, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, that his sides display wasn’t up to scratch but that his young side will bounce back in their next fixture against Fleetwood in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
“Today is not going to define our season. We’ll see a reaction in our next game,” said Monk.
“The first half wasn’t good enough, the second was better but still not our best. It’s a young group that will improve.”
After Nedum Onouha had opened the scoring for QPR, he almost provided a second goal before the interval, but Sebastian Polter saw his low left-foot shot hit a post from the defender’s ball in.
Tjaronn Chery’s penalty made it 2-0 after Ronaldo Vieira clumsily fouled Jordan Cousins, before Polter fired in a third with the game’s final touch.
The defeat threatens to burst the bubble of optimism at Elland Road following the arrival of Monk and seven new signings in the summer window.
Monk has made seven senior signings so far, bringing in Green, Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Roofe, Antonsson and Hernandez.
He is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football and Leeds are hopeful of signing Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt.
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