By Dominic Toner
Leeds midfielder Eunan O’Kane described the defeat to Derby as a “disappointing result” on Twitter.
The Whites were beaten 1-0 at the iPro Stadium on Saturday in the Championship meeting.
Johnny Russell scored the decisive goal in the 56th minute, as manager Steve McClaren got off to the perfect start.
McClaren began his second spell in charge of Derby as manager with victory and halted Leeds’ recent momentum.
Garry Monk’s side had won five of their last six games before the match, but failed to convert their chances in front of goal.
Midfielder O’Kane claimed that Leeds did not turn up until the last 25 minutes and that ultimately cost them.
“Disappointing result today, we didn’t turn up until the last 25 minutes. Great travelling support as well, have a safe journey home,” O’Kane wrote on his personal Twitter account.
O’Kane, 26, played the full 90 minutes against Derby and could not prevent the club’s sixth league defeat of the season.
The central midfielder has made a good impact since his arrival in the summer transfer window and made seven appearances, winning five of them.
He left Premier League club Bournemouth in his pursuit of regular football and has settled well at Leeds.
The Yorkshire giants are now sat in 13th place with 16 points from 12 fixtures.
They will face a tie against Wigan in midweek, who are currently sat in the relegation zone in 22nd place.
In other Leeds team news, their regular is facing a spell out and will find out his scan results in the week.