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10th Dec, 2016 | 2:33pm

Garry Monk posts Twitter message after Leeds defeat to Brighton

By Will Butcher

Garry Monk has demanded his Leeds squad do not dwell on Friday night’s 2-0 loss to Championship promotion rivals Brighton.

Kalvin Phillips was sent off for a goal-line handball midway through the first half, which dramatically changed what had been an equal game beforehand.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, Monk said there are “no time for regrets” and called on his Leeds side to focus on Tuesday night’s clash against Reading.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton climbed above Newcastle to go top of the table with three points on Friday night, as Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed both scored from the penalty spot.

Monk’s side had previously won five out of their last six Championship games, but struggled to support isolated target man Chris Wood as the Seagulls enjoyed their numerical advantage.

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The Yorkshire giants remain in fourth, but their playoff rivals now have a game in hand with just two points separating fourth placed Leeds from Huddersfield in eighth place.

Leeds will be hoping to get back to winning ways at the Madjeski Stadium, but will face an uphill task as they take on Jaap Stam’s Reading.

Since taking over at Elland Road in the summer, 37-year-old manager Monk has won 14 games in his 27 league and cup encounters including two penalty shootout wins.

In other Leeds news, here are three reasons why the Yorkshire giants could struggle to gain promotion.