By Russell Edge

22nd Feb, 2018 | 8:59am

'Need to improve' - Leeds star pinpoints first team failings in heartbreak v Derby

Leeds United defender and captain Liam Cooper has shouldered the blame for Derby County’s late equaliser on Wednesday but pinpointed a lack of communication as the reason behind the heartbreaking draw.
The Whites were within minutes of securing their very first win of 2018, having been on a nine game streak without a win across both the league and the cups, a run which extends nearly two months back to their 2-1 win over Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
However, having entered added time at Pride Park 2-1 ahead, Kasey Palmer scored a heartbreaking goal with two minutes of injury time on the clock, meaning Paul Heckingbottom’s side had to settle for a point and see the winless record extend to 10 matches across all competitions.
Speaking after the game Cooper, who returned to the starting XI after a four game suspension, took the blame for allowing Palmer’s added time goal, but said that overall a lack of communication cost him and his team mates.
He told BBC Radio Leeds: “I’ll hold my hand up tonight, for the second goal definitely, I didn’t get a call but I should do better.
“I don’t like to blame people, it’s football, it’s just one of those things.
“We need to improve at that (communication) and our concentration and we will do. We’ve got work really hard.”
Pierre Michel Lasogga and Ezgjan Alioski had twice given Heckingbottom’s side the lead, but the home side ensured it was Leeds’ second 2-2 draw in as many games.
Cooper and his team mates return to action on Saturday when they play host to Brentford at Elland Road, with the Bees sitting one place and four points above the 11th placed Whites.
In other Leeds United news, Heckingbottom has delivered an honest insight into the dressing room at full time against Derby.

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