New Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom got his first taste of football as the club’s new manager, with a disappointing defeat away to promotion rivals Sheffield United.
Leeds got back into the game after falling behind to a Billy Sharp opener through Pierre-Michel Lasogga, but a 73rd minute penalty, dispatched by Sharp, was enough to condemn Leeds to another defeat.
That increases their barren run in the Championship, with no win since December, but January signing Adam Forshaw thought his side was unlucky to lose.
Talking to the BBC after the game Forshaw said the penalty was “soft” and added, “From our point of view we’re disappointed by that. i thought we were unlucky.”
Asked about the impact his new manager Heckingbottom had made in his first week in charge Forshaw said, “He’s been great, he’s a really nice guy.
“He wants to improve you as a player. We want to work hard and put performances in for him.”
Asked what he’s done since he started, Forshaw said, “He’s been really hands on, showing what he wants in terms of pressing and when we get the ball. We will as players be looking forward to the week ahead.”
Forshaw also said that it’s too early to write off Leeds’ promotion chances, with 15 games left and plenty of points to play for.
Things aren’t going to get any easier for him or Heckingbottom though in the next two games.
Leeds take on fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol City next before playing second-place side Derby County.
Losses in these games would probably mean that Heckingbottom would be looking to next season less than a month after he’s joined.