Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has slammed his side for how slowly they started as his first game in charge ended in defeat to Sheffield United.
Having taken charge of the Whites earlier this week, the former Barnsley boss did not need long to wait before seeing the first goal against his side in his reign, with Billy Sharp pulling off a technically excellent volley to hit the Blades in front after just 75 seconds at Bramall Lane, taking advantage of some questionable defending from the visitors.
While Pierre-Michel Lasogga did equalise in the second half, it was Sharp yet again who broke the travelling fans’ hearts, with his goal from the penalty spot securing all three points for the home team and further denting any hopes of Leeds finishing in a play off spot come the end of the season.
Speaking after the game, Heckingbottom was frustrated with how easy his players had allowed Sheffield United to make a bright start, indicating he already knew just how dangerous conceding an early goal could be.
He was quoted on the personal Twitter account of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay as saying: “Sheffield United are the best in the league at building momentum. When we watch that goal back there’ll be things we don’t want to see.”
Heckingbottom frustrated to be caught cold so early. "Sheffield United are the best in the league at building momentum. When we watch that goal back there'll be things we don't want to see." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 10, 2018
Leeds’ next game sees them play host to Bristol City a week on Sunday, knowing that another defeat would push the Whites further away from the top six, with the Robins currently occupying the final of the play off spots.
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