‘I feel impotent’ – Christiansen makes emotional admission after Leeds defeat v Derby
By Guy Giles
Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen lambasted the refereeing decisions that went against his team as Derby came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Elland Road, and said he felt helpless to prevent his team falling to another loss.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga had given the Whites an early lead in the eighth minute, and Leeds could have had a penalty when Gjanni Alioski was felled by Andre Wisdom, but their appeals were turned away by referee Simon Hooper.
Instead, Derby came back into the match and equalised when Sam Winnall met Craig Forsyth’s cross, before Hooper awarded the visitors a penalty of their own after Hadi Sacko fouled Tom Lawrence.
Winnall sent Lonergan the wrong way from the spot to consign Leeds to a sixth defeat in eight games as Derby rose above their opponents into fifth.
Christiansen, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, said: “I take my responsibilities but there are some things I can control and some things I can’t.
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“The thing that I can’t control could have given us another goal. What do you want me to say?
“There was a clear penalty against Alioski and a non-penalty was given in the second half.
“Against that I feel impotent and it’s a shame for the players that they should suffer a defeat because one person took those decisions.”
After a lightning start to the season saw them set the early pace in the Championship, Leeds have fallen away badly in the last month or so, and are clinging onto a playoff place on goal difference.
Christiansen reiterated his belief that his players can turn it around, starting with their next game away to struggling Brentford on Saturday.
He said: “We need the win on Saturday against Brentford. That is sure. It cannot go on like this.”
In other Leeds United news, the club have added an experienced European coach to their backroom staff.