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10th Jan, 2017 | 6:20am

Monk shares why Leeds struggled against Cambridge

By Dominic Toner

Leeds manager Garry Monk claims that his side weren’t playing “smart football” in the first half against Cambridge.

The Whites managed to scrape through their FA Cup third-round match against League Two opposition Cambridge on Monday night as they recorded a 2-1 away victory.

However, the favourites were totally outplayed in the first-half and Cambridge were a goal up at half-time thanks to a Uche Ikpeazu strike.

Leeds managed to improve after the break and goals from Stuart Dallas and Alex Mowatt booked their place in the next round, where they will face the winners of AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United.

Monk has admitted that his side struggled in the opening 45 minutes and caused themselves their own problems.

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“We weren’t playing smart football in the first half, we were too deep and caused ourselves problems,” Monk said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

Leeds will be thrilled to have booked their place in the next round, but it did come at a coast as Pontus Jansson will miss the next two matches due to picking his 10th yellow card of the season.

The Whites will now turn their attention back to the Championship and they host promotion rivals Derby on Friday night.

Monk’s side are currently occupying a play-off position and are fifth in the table, but Derby are just five points behind them in seventh.

Derby also completed the signing of Middlesbrough striker David Nugent on Monday and he could be in contention to make his debut in the Championship clash.

Leeds should still feel confident as they are unbeaten in their last six games across all competitions and will look to maintain their promotion hopes.

In other Leeds news, the club’s senior player left the Cambridge stadium on crutches.