'You cannot allow that' - Christiansen reveals biggest disappointment from Leeds derby defeat
By Aramide Oladipo
Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has revealed that he was extremely disappointed with the team’s first-half performance against Sheffield United on Friday night.
The Blades came away with the spoils from the Yorkshire derby with a 2-1 victory at Elland Road with goals from former Leeds player Billy Sharp and David Brooks which took them to the top of the Championship.
Kalvin Phillips produced a fantastic strike for the hosts but defeat means that the Whites only have one win from their last five league matches.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post after the match, Christiansen is convinced that his side lost the game down to their display in the first 45 minutes.
“I cannot be happy,” he said.
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“At least one point would have been good but we didn’t make a good performance. We have to honest with ourselves and the way we acted in the first half is not good enough.
“We were still in the changing room when they scored the first goal and that’s the difference between this week and last week.
“Last week the team were focused from the first moment, including the warm-up.
“When you receive a goal in the first minutes, you cannot allow that.”
“It was a bad first half. We managed to come back into the game in the second half but still it’s not good enough.”
Leeds were stunned within the opening two minutes when Sharp found himself on the end of a Mark Duffy cross, which meant that they had a mountain to climb from the start.
The Whites have now endured back-to-back defeats this week after losing to Premier League outfit Leicester City in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
The Elland Road loss means that Leeds could potentially drop out of the playoff places after this weekend’s fixtures if results go against them.
Christiansen’s men have the chance to quickly bounce back from the defeat when they welcome Derby County to Elland Road on Tuesday evening.
In other Leeds United news, the club are closing in on a bargain deal for a midfield enforcer.