Manager's Leeds Reaction

"Our energy levels were good but we just couldn't fashion that all-important goal," says Freedman

Dougie Freedman was left disappointed as Wanderers failed to break down Leeds United in a closely contested affair at Elland Road.

Luciano Becchio’s 66th-minute penalty proved the difference between the two sides on a bitterly cold afternoon in West Yorkshire.

Speaking in his post-match press conference Freedman said: “It was disappointing not to come away with the three points, as our performance merited the win.

“I thought it was a game of very few chances and a good number of those fell our way. Our energy levels were good but we just couldn't fashion that all-important goal.

“You’ve got to give credit to Leeds. They battled well and set themselves up to counter the threats we posed.

“I thought we were in control for the majority of the game, aside from a ten-minute period in which we conceded a needless penalty.

“As a squad we have to understand what it takes to not only to win matches, but see them out. We are working with the players on this and as we go forward it is key we address this.

“We have to ensure we play for the full game and not allow spells where the opposition are able to dictate the play.

“Ultimately we are very disappointed not to have been able to build on the win over Birmingham.

“We now have a home tie against Sunderland and that gives me a good opportunity to freshen up the squad and give some game time to those pushing for first team action.

“We have had a number of young players training with the first team squad for some time now. We’ve also brought in a number of players from the under-18 side.

“We had Tom Eaves, Josh Vela and Joe Riley all travelling with the squad today and it was good to give them the experience of a first team matchday.

“Joe and Josh have both had first team experience here and Tom has had a good loan spell with Bristol Rovers.

“I like to work with young players and I am looking forward to helping them progress.”
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