Date: 22nd April 2017 at 8:38pm
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By Harry Sykes

Garry Monk has revealed that the Leeds United players were “extremely devastated” in the dressing room following their 2-1 Championship defeat to Burton on Saturday.

The team’s 2-1 defeat at the Pirelli Stadium left their play-offs hope hanging by a thread as top-six rivals Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday secured victories and extended the gap over Monk’s side.

Leeds had gone into the match against relegation strugglers Burton needing a win to keep pace with the teams seeking a place in the play-offs semi-finals.

But they went two goals down through goals from Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly, and a late strike from Kyle Bartley proved only to be a consolation.

It means seventh-placed Leeds are still stuck on 73 points from 44 league matches, three adrift of sixth-placed Fulham, who also have a superior goal difference.

Monk admitted the dressing room was a sombre place as Leeds’ players reflected upon a defeat that threatens to destroy their hopes of promotion to the Premier League.

“They are extremely devastated after today, of course,” Monk said in the immediate aftermath of the match, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live match blog (Saturday, 5.25pm). “We had enough chances and situations – maybe not enough quality always – but there’s no excuses.

“This group has achieved a lot this season and this final objective was something we wanted to badly. It’s out of our hands, but there’s a slim chance – and if you have a chance, you have to take it.

“It’s very difficult at this moment, very raw. They came here with a mindset to win the game. We’re hugely disappointed with the result, but while there’s a small chance, we have to keep fighting to the very end. ”

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot, who covered the match live for the newspaper, reported on his personal Twitter account how the players looked “emotionally shattered” with “hands on hips all round”.

Sobot, who reports on all Leeds’ matches, said he had “never seen this Leeds side look so dejected leaving the pitch”.

It appears that Leeds will now have to win the final two matches of their league campaign to have any chance of securing a top-six finish.

Monk’s team will also be reliant upon other sides slipping up over the next two weekends to have any chance of ending the club’s 13-year spell in the lower leagues.

In other Leeds United team news, the club have done the deal for an out-of-window transfer of a midfield player.

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