Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has blamed himself for the club’s shock FA Cup defeat against Newport County but was left questioning whether the players had the desire to secure victory.
The Whites allowed a 1-0 lead at half time to slip from their grasp as the League Two side sent the home fans into raptures with two second half goals, including an 89th minute winner, to secure an unlikely victory and send them into the fourth round of the competition.
The match ended on a sour note with Samu Saiz sent off in the aftermath of Newport’s late strike for allegedly spitting at one of the opposition, but Christiansen insists that blame must lie at his door for the nine changes he made to the starting XI and the tactics he employed throughout the game.
Speaking to the press after the match, he was quoted by LeedsLive as saying: “I take the blame.
“Always the manager takes the blame and I will do it also today.
“We did not give everything that we have during the game I believe.
“We were not intense enough. (The starting XI included) Players from the first team, players who have had possibilities in the first XI and for this we expect more.
“It’s not an excuse because against Burnley we did it like that (made changes), against Leicester we did it like that and we got good results, why change it?”
Leeds came into the tie off the back of a wobble in their recent good form, with four successive wins followed by a surprise defeat to a struggling Birmingham and a draw against Nottingham Forest.
The Whites will take their disappointing defeat against the mid-table League Two side into their next game against Ipswich Town, with their focus now solely on their Championship campaign.
In other Leeds United news, fans were left raging over one decision which Christiansen made in the loss.