By Coral Barry

Liam Cooper has labelled Leeds’ mistake at Burnley a ”sin” after the Whites conceded the only goal of the game in the opening 60 seconds at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The 1-0 defeat stretches Leeds’ winless streak to four league games despite the Whites dominating periods of the second half against the Championship leaders.

Cooper was frank in his assessment of his side’s poor run of results and admitted Leeds were desperate to rediscover some of the form that inspired three league victories on the bounce in early March.

“We need to do better,” said Cooper after the game, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We need to take our chances and keep chances out. We can’t start like we did.

“The boys are hurting and I thought we played very well. We’re disappointed not to come away with anything but we gave ourselves a big task conceding so early. Coming away to the league leaders, you can’t do that.

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“The positive is we’ve been the better team. We did enough to get something out of the game and maybe win it but overall it’s disappointing. The first minute of the game, away from home, against the league leaders – you can’t do it. It’s a sin.

“On a whole, as a team we’ve got to do better. That’s no win in four and it’s not good enough.”

Leeds had two glorious opportunities to level the game in the second half, but Chris Wood failed to convert the two chances that fell to him just a few yards out.

Steve Evans criticised his players after the game but unlike Cooper, he singled out one player to blame for the terrible start.

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The result leaves the Whites 15th in the table and lacking direction in a season that has now almost fizzled out.

Leeds sit comfortably in the league in terms of being dragged into any possible relegation fight with 11 points separating them and the bottom three.

At the same time, the Yorkshire club is massively off the pace when it comes to snatching a play-off place with 6th placed Sheffield Wednesday a full 20 points ahead of Leeds.

The only bright light for Leeds was another excellent performance from their most prized asset.

In other Leeds news, Cooper has backed his struggling teammate to return to form.