By Noel Whelan

5th Feb, 2020 | 7:15am

'I do not care' - Exclusive: Whelan's delivers damning Leeds verdict

Noel Whelan claims he “does not care” how Leeds United play so long as they win following their 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday. 

The former United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, says there were “no positives to take” from the loss.

This was despite the Whites having 19 shots to Wigan’s five and 77 percent of the possession at Elland Road.

But Whelan, who started his career with the club, was quick to point out that football is a results-based game.

“I am taking none because we lost,” he told Football Insider.

“We are not in the business of going, ‘That was a nice pass’, we are in the business of getting three points and this is the business end of the season now.

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“I do not care how they play – scruffy, flowing, bitty. I do not care. There are no positives to be taken out of a game when you have just lost Wigan at home, in front of 35,000 people after dominating possession and creating umpteen chances and then give away a poor goal. No.

“I will take positives if I see a reaction in the game at Nottingham Forest. That is when I will take my positive – if they bounce back.”    

The home defeat saw Marcelo Bielsa‘s side drop to second in the Championship, with the gap between themselves and third-placed Fulham now only three points.

Next up for the promotion hopefuls is a trip to Nottingham Forest who saw their 7-game unbeaten run in the Championship come to an end at Birmingham last weekend.

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