Leeds United: Frustrated coach Blunt tells development side to toughen up

Eoghan Stokes, who scored twice for Leeds United's development side in the comeback win over Bolton.
Eoghan Stokes, who scored twice for Leeds United's development side in the comeback win over Bolton.
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Leeds United Under-23s coach Jason Blunt called on his players to “toughen up quickly” after watching them edge out Bolton Wanderers in a seven-goal game on Wednesday night.

Blunt praised United for fighting back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to earn their second win of the development-league season but urged them to learn their lesson from a poor start in Leyland.

A line-up containing Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga fell behind after four minutes and conceded a second goal on the half-hour.

Diagouraga’s strike soon after kept Leeds in the game and a dramatic second half followed with Eoghan Stokes striking twice and 16-year-old Samuel Amissah coming off the bench to find the net and help United overcome another Bolton goal.

Speaking after the 4-3 victory, Blunt said: “At times I was very frustrated but at times I was pleased with our play. We’ve got to learn that we can’t start games in that way – basic things like centre-halves going to win headers.

“They’ve got to toughen up and toughen up quickly. During the break we spoke about showing more desire and fight and they definitely did second half. To come back and win 4-3, all credit to them.”

Murphy and Diagouraga were given run-outs with both players far down the order under head coach Garry Monk.

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