By Will Butcher

Noel Whelan has described Leeds’ 1-0 loss to Derby as a “missed opportunity”, after they failed to score despite hitting the woodwork on two separate occasions.

The loss has seen Garry Monk’s side lose just their second game in seven league and cup encounters, with five wins also coming in that time.

Whelan, who played for the Yorkshire giants between 1993 and 1995, wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column that he felt Leeds were unfortunate not to win.

“Unlucky? It probably was in the end,” Whelan wrote in his column. “I’d have been very happy with a point at full-time but even so, I can find some positives in the performance.

“To dominate the last half-hour and hit the crossbar and a post makes it a missed opportunity in my eyes. The shape and the organisation of the team was very good.”

With Birmingham remaining on 20 points in the final play off position, a win would have taken Leeds to within touching distance of the Championship’s top six on 19 points.

However, the loss to Steve McClaren’s new side sees them remain in 13th position with 16.

A quick turnaround is needed for Monk’s squad, as they will be looking to compound the misery on struggling Wigan on Tuesday night.

Gary Caldwell’s side sit in the relegation zone, with just two wins from 12 Championship fixtures following their promotion from League One last year.

Three points against the Latics would see Leeds close the gap and move up to eighth place if results go their way, but they will have to do it without Stuart Dallas who remains sidelined with a thigh injury.

In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter to who they think should replace Dallas.