Christiansen makes specific demand of Leeds players to end horror run
By Russell Edge
Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen has said that he wants all of his players to take responsibility after suffering defeat to Reading at Elland Road on Saturday.
Mo Barrow, a former loanee at Leeds, scored a late goal which secured victory for the Royals as Pablo Hernandez saw his injury time penalty saved by Vito Mannone.
It was a disappointing performance from the Whites, who have now seen themselves suffer three straight league defeats after making a bright start to the season.
Despite Hernandez’s late miss, Christiansen says that he will not criticise the 32-year-old, insisting that scoring from a penalty is a “lottery”, and insisted that his side were warranted to get more out of the game than they did.
He says he wants the whole of his side to take responsibility, but is adamant that confidence should not be the deciding factor in Leeds’ matches.
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Speaking after the game, he was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying: “From my point of view, they’re the same players who brought us to the good situation that we were in before these last three games.
“We’ll have to continue to work hard and especially to work with the minds of the players to take them back to where they’re confident.
“From my point of view we deserved much more than we got but we didn’t get it.
“We need players who take this responsibility (the penalty). He (Hernandez) took it in the last minute but I want everyone to take responsibility during the 90 minutes.”
After Saturday’s defeat Leeds currently find themselves in sixth, the last of the play-off spots, one point ahead of Aston Villa and Norwich City, while six points behind league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Their next match sees them travel down to Bristol City before a visit to Premier League side Leicester City in the League Cup.
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