Leeds United: Benchmark not high if Whites can up the ante - Gray

JURY'S OUT: Eddie Gray saw little from new Leeds signing Habib Habibou, who battles with Mark Hudson.
JURY'S OUT: Eddie Gray saw little from new Leeds signing Habib Habibou, who battles with Mark Hudson.
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It was never going to be easy against Cardiff on Saturday but I thought we gave a good account of ourselves.

We were unfortunate to lose the game. I don’t think it was a classic game by any means – there weren’t a lot of goalscoring chances but Ross Barkley had a great chance to put us 1-0 up.

If we’d score that goal then we might have gone on to win the game. But I must be honest and say that I don’t think Cardiff were great.

They have got a great record but even speaking to some of their press men before the game, they were a bit surprised how far clear they are in the league.

They say performances have been good but not scintillating and I think that says everything about the league.

We were about as good as them on Saturday but the one thing that Cardiff have got is confidence to get results.

They know they can dig in and win games – they have won a lot of games 2-1 or 1-0.

I thought our boys performed well, they worked extremely hard but we just lacked that little bit of quality in the last third.

We played some good football in the first half, we passed it around quite well, but the second half was a bit more huff and puff.

But you are just hoping that the boy Steve Morison comes in and that he can add that bit of cut and thrust up front because we are going to miss Lucinao Becchio up there.

You have got to miss your leading goalscorer leaving – somebody that has scored 19 goals for you – and you just hope that Morison can regain his goalscoring form of previous seasons and that we can still make a push for the play-offs.

We have now lost five out of our last nine league games but we’re still in contention to get into that top six. That’s because so many teams are beating each other.

You look at Middlesbrough getting beaten again and there’s so many sides in that top six that can get beat.

Even in mid-week Watford lost to Bristol City.

It’s only really Cardiff that have shown tremendous consistency but I still think we can get back in contention.

We go to Wolves on Saturday and the performances away from home will have to improve but our home form has been good and Saturday was the first time we have lost a home game for a while.

But I think it just showed that although we had a lot of possession, neither goalkeeper had a lot to do.

There was the save the goalkeeper made from Barkley but Ross should have scored and then there was Tom Lees’ header in the second half.

I’ve not really seen it but I believe we should have had a penalty kick and that makes a difference but some you get and some you don’t.

We got a penalty kick against Barnsley that was never a penalty kick.

You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth but I thought we had enough possession on Saturday – I just still think we are crying out for a wide man.

We need someone who can whip balls across the face of the box.

Obviously, as well as signing Morison we have signed Stephen Warnock who has obviously got a lot of ability and a lot of talent.

He has been on loan at Bolton this year and by all accounts he has done well for them so we just hope that he does well.

Then there is Habib Habibou and we never saw much of him on Saturday. He came on as sub but he never did much.

You’ve got to be fair to the boy but to tell you the truth I know nothing about him and I don’t think any Leeds United fan knows anything about him.

He’s a big lad but there’s a lot of big lads about – you’ve still got to be able to play.

I just couldn’t comment on the boy one way or the other at the moment.

He never did anything on Saturday but you cannot judge someone on just 20 minutes on the pitch.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen. 
(Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe)

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