Steve McClaren reflected on a “bad day at the office” as his Championship leaders Derby were beaten 2-0 at Leeds.
Mirco Antenucci’s brace secured a first win in 13 attempts for the Whites against their visitors, with Leeds’ last success against them having come in 2005.
While Derby remained top, they could have been four points clear, and McClaren was frustrated his men could not put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack in a game they were expected to win.
“We want to get out of the craziness, but we keep joining in,” he said of the Championship table.
“After 20 minutes Leeds realised they had to do something as we were controlling the game. We joined in, but credit to Leeds if that was the game plan.
“It’s just one of them days, a bad day at the office.
“We were below our best and when you’re not (at your best), you can be beaten.
“In Antenucci Leeds had someone who did what we couldn’t.
“On another day we could have scored three or four, but we could have been here until midnight and not scored.”
According to the former England manager, there was no suggestion of his side having taken Leeds lightly.
“I said before the game that if we were below our best this team could hurt us,” he added. “Leeds knew they had to get about us, they frustrated us and we lost our heads a bit. You can’t do that, we joined in and stopped playing football.”
United’s next opponents are Ipswich Town who won 1-0 at Charlton thanks to an added time winner from striker Noel Hunt – who scored after coming on as a substitute – in his first match on loan from Leeds.