'Preaching to us' - O'Kane details frustrations at Leeds in revealing Heckingbottom ethos
Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane has revealed he has been frustrated by the quality of his own performances but insists the ethos implemented by Paul Heckingbottom is helping the club move forward.
The Whites managed to pick up their very first win of 2018 on Saturday, Liam Cooper’s header securing the three points against Brentford after a 10 game winless streak which stretched back to Boxing Day.
Victory means that the club, sitting 11th in the Championship table, now find themselves just five points behind the play off spots, as they look to improve on last season’s seventh placed finish.
O’Kane, who has been a regular in the Leeds first team this season, started and played the whole 90 minutes against the Bees, but despite the win revealed he was not pleased with his display, and says that has been the case for much of the season.
However, regardless of what he deems sub-par performances from himself and midfield counterpart Kalvin Phillips, the Republic of Ireland international believes the manager’s desire to have everyone working in tandem was crucial to victory.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “In this game we were there as a unit. Everyone did their job, which is what the gaffer has been preaching to us since he came in.
“From a personal point of view, and I’d imagine Kalvin would say the same thing, we can be better with the ball. When we watch it back we won’t be too pleased with that.
“We’ve all probably said in the last few weeks that we could have done better. None of us has really been happy with our performances.”
O’Kane has turned out 26 times for the Whites this season, chipping in with three assists, and has started three out of four of Heckingbottom’s games in charge since he arrived at Elland Road to replace Thomas Christiansen.
In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.