Blackburn Rovers 1 Leeds United 0: Missed Pugh chance turning point - Mac

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Leeds United manager Brian McDermott felt his side deserved something out of the game after watching the Whites lose 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers.

McDermott pointed to the first-half chance missed by Danny Pugh as a crucial moment.

Pugh was put through by Ross McCormack after 33 minutes but Jake Kean’s outstretched leg denied him.

McDermott said: “I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I think if we’d have scored in the first half we would have won the game. I thought first half an hour we controlled the game and looked very comfortable.

“They took the ascendancy in the last 15 minutes of the first half, scored the goal from a set-play which is obviously disappointing then it became a real battle and our players tried to get something from the game. It wasn’t pretty and we couldn’t quite do it which was disappointing.

“People miss chances. We worked it well and if that goes in it’s a different game. The first goal today proved to be the most important.”

Despite watching his side lose for the fifth time in their last six away games, McDermott refused to be too down and urged his players to focus on their upcoming fixtures.

“It wasn’t as fluid as we’d like to be today,” he said. “Having said that, the boys have shown great character and commitment. We’ve won three of the last four games. What happens now is you want to bounce back.

“All we can do now is concentrate on our next game and that’s what we’ll do. I never get too down after a defeat. You’re never the world’s worst when you lose and you’re never the world’s best when you win.”

Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring Leeds' second goal of the game Picture by Simon Hulme

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