Leeds United: A point not enough for a team chasing the top six

Massimo Cellino. PIC: James Hardisty
Massimo Cellino. PIC: James Hardisty
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SATURDAY’S clash at Middlesbrough was a very average game and we never really got going.

I don’t think Middlesbrough played great and neither side played well but I was only concerned about our team and we never really got it going.

I suppose in normal circumstances it’s a good result to go up to Middlesbrough and get a point but we need to try and put some wins on the board now.

There are a few teams making a push for that top six – the likes of Wigan – and it’s not just the teams in the top six.

I thought everybody worked hard on Saturday but I think Middlesbrough will probably think they should have won the game on chances created.

But I thought Jack Butland played very well. He looked very assured, he came for crosses and made good saves at vital times. He had good reactions and he can be pleased with his first game for Leeds United.

We just never got on the ball enough and to put teams under pressure you have got to get on the ball and make things happen. And I don’t think we did that enough.

You can understand how our fans felt because very, very rarely during the game did we look as though we could win it and I don’t think Shay Given had a save to make – or a save of any importance.

It was a bit disappointing and we’ve still got to get it going.

We’ve not really got the wide players going yet the way you want them to – getting down the flanks to the dead ball line and getting balls in the box – we haven’t really seen any of that.

But it’s not just the wide men but the midfielders as well and it’s down to the whole team.

And once again it’s another game gone by where Ross McCormack doesn’t score and where else are the goals going to come from?

We can’t keep on relying on Ross McCormack to get the goals and that means we’ve got to create more.

Massimo Cellino was in the crowd on Saturday and I don’t know what he will have thought to it but when you look at the league it’s not curtains yet and you’ve got to look at it like that.

But we sometimes get carried away because we’re Leeds United and the performances have got to be better or you are never going to get there.

If we had played really well on Saturday and drew nothing each you could have thought we were quite good but even when we won at Yeovil it was a scrap.

And the performances have got to improve a bit to warrant us thinking we could get near the top six but I think the manager and the players will know that themselves.

We never did enough on Saturday and at the end of the day we were pretty fortunate to get a point.

But I think Cellino will back Brian McDermott and give him an opportunity to get players in, though like at any football club and with any manager, results count.

If Cellino’s deal goes through and everybody still seems to be in the dark about it with what’s going to happen – I certainly don’t know what’s going to happen – but if it goes through I think Brian will be given an opportunity.

But if Brian gets a chance then he and his players have got to take it and therefore performances have got to improve, no doubt about that. We go to Queens Park Rangers now on Saturday for our next game.

And QPR have faltered themselves from their previous lofty ambitions.

It’s not long ago they were top of the league but the teams that have really surprised everybody are Burnley and Derby and Burnley punished Forest on Saturday – in the first 45 minutes it could have been six.

They look as though they are going to stay the course of it.

In terms of danger men for QPR, a lot depends on who is fit for them but Charlie Austin is injured though the boy who has come from West Ham – Ravel Morison – is a threat on his day.

But they had a disappointing result at Charlton and we can go there and win though we have got to have a go at teams.

Brian said that before the Middlesbrough game but it never came to fruition.

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