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29th Apr, 2017 | 7:00pm

Monk makes big admission: These Leeds players were not up to it

By Matt Bullin

Garry Monk has claimed the Leeds players were not ready for the pressure of a promotion push.

Monk’s comments come after his side look to have lost their chance of a finish in the play-offs after a 3-3 draw with Norwich.

United came from three goals behind to secure a point at Elland Road after Steven Naismith and a brace from Nelson Oliveira handed the Canaries a 3-0 lead after just 45 minutes.

Leeds front man Chris Wood pulled one back on the brink of half time, before Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez both netted in the second period to secure a draw.

The result means that to have a chance of finishing in the play-offs; Leeds must beat Wigan next week, Fulham must lose to Sheffield Wednesday, and there must be a 14 goal swing in the Whites’ favour.

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Speaking to LUTV after the match, as quoted by Leeds United’s official Twitter account, Monk said: “If we are honest, I think this situation has come too soon for the majority of the group.

“The disappointment and hurt comes from the play-offs being in our grasp.”

Monk took charge at Elland Road at the beginning of this season as he replaced Steve Evans.

The Welshman had guided the Whites to third in the Championship earlier this season, though a disastrous run has seen them fall out of the play-offs and now they look set to miss out all together.

In other Leeds news, Sheffield Wednesday fans have trolled United after missing out on a play-offs place.

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