Brian McDermott urged Leeds United’s players to cling to their display in the last half-hour of Tuesday’s defeat to Reading as he fought to rally his beleaguered squad ahead of Saturday’s visit to Burnley.
McDermott claimed United’s fightback from 4-0 down had given the club “something to hang onto” with Leeds beset by a run of two wins from 15 games and heavy losses at the hands of Reading and Bolton Wanderers.
Bolton produced a 5-1 victory at Elland Road last weekend and Reading ran riot before quick replies from Matt Smith and Rudy Austin pulled Leeds back into the game. Nigel Adkins’ side held out for a 4-2 win.
Leeds were watched on Tuesday by Burnley manager Sean Dyche whose team lie second in the Championship, and McDermott said: “What do I do now? Prepare again and look at Burnley.
“Then we try to go to Burnley and get the right result.
“In the last half-hour (against Reading) we gave ourselves something to hang onto. That’s the message I gave the players afterwards.”