By Will Butcher
Rob Green believes Leeds were unlucky to leave Derby’s iPro Stadium without a point after hitting the woodwork on two occasions.
The Yorkshire giants lost 1-0 to Steve McClaren’s new side, after Johnny Russell slammed home a shot from the edge of the area through bodies to see Leeds lose just their second game in seven league and cup encounters.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the match, Green revealed that his side deserved more than a point despite the loss.
“After conceding, we went at it,” Green told BBC Radio Leeds. “We showed what a good side we are, and dominated the game from there.
“We hit the bar and the post; Scott Carson said that’s the first bit of luck Derby have had all season. Experience says at 0-0, those go in. It’s frustrating, but that’s football and it just wasn’t to be.”
Stand-in captain Kyle Bartley was perhaps Leeds’ best threat from centre-back, as he came close on two occasions to add to his tally of two goals for the season.
A first-half header from a Leeds corner saw the ball rattle the Rams crossbar, before he engineered a snapshot from 10 yards only to fins Carson’s grateful clutches.
Under-fire Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson also came off the bench to produce a spectacular curling effort from the edge of the area, which kissed the outside of the post in the dying moments.
The loss leave Leeds in 13th place in the Championship, four points adrift of the top six as Garry Monk’s side look to make up for the blip in form at home to Wigan on Tuesday night.
In other Leeds news, Green could be about to enter negotiations with the former Champions League club.