By Danny Wright

Eddie Gray has slammed the Leeds United midfield for not controlling the game anywhere near they should have in Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday.

A first-half brace from Gary Hooper before Kieran Lee scored in the second half game the Owls the bragging rights in the Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough, leading to an inquest into what went wrong for the Whites as they lost a second game on the bounce.

Although there were clear issues in defence, Gray has heaped criticism on the Leeds midfield and has suggested that Thomas Christiansen must look to make amends during the international break.

“We never really got to grips with the game,” said the former Leeds player and manager, as shown on the club’s official website. “Our midfield players never really got control of the game.”

“We never really flowed today [Sunday] and once the second goal went in you more or less think to yourself ‘well it’s going to be a long afternoon’ and it proved to be that.”

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He added: “Thomas has got a lot to think about.

“Performances from the last two games have got to improve.”

Leeds face Reading when they return to Championship action after the international break, but has been dealt with a bit of an injury blow before than after Pontus Jansson was stretchered off the field on Sunday.

As it stands Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington are likely to start in defence to play the Royals at Elland Road in just under two weeks’ time, but the Whites have not been as good as when Jansson has been in the squad this term.

There were questions raised about Felix Wiedwald’s place in the side too after the weekend, with the German goalkeeper making an error for one of Wednesday’s goals.

In other Leeds United news, here are three Whites player sweating over their first-team spots during the international break.

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