Leeds United: Whites must improve and it has to be quick – Gray

Dave Hockaday.
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I’VE got to say that the first half at Watford on Saturday was the best I’ve seen Leeds play this season.

But like anything else, you’ve got to take control of the game and if you’re on top you’ve got to assert your superiority.

We never did that and Watford are always a danger going forward because they’ve got players that can hurt you.

They’ve got good pace and Forestieri and Deeney can go by people and that’s the one thing about our side just now – we don’t have anybody who can really open the game up.

We don’t have anybody who can run by defenders and open it up for strikers and we don’t have midfield players that can run by people with the ball so that’s a problem.

I think David Hockaday is doing the best that he can with the players we’ve got at the football club at the present time.

And I think anybody that is in charge at a football club has got to get a chance to prove themselves.

I don’t know David that well but I’ve spoken to him and I think he’s trying to do the best with the players he’s got like everybody else would.

But what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to improve so that we can compete as we don’t want to be stuck down the bottom of the table.

The situation just now is that the new owner has come in and he’s trying to change things round.

He’s working hard to get players in and it’s not going to happen overnight.

I think everybody has got to be given a chance to prove themselves and until the owner decides it’s different we’ve all got to back the new coach.

Everybody wants instant success but it doesn’t just come like that.

But in saying that it was very disappointing at Watford and disappointing against Brighton as well.

It’s a huge game coming up for us against Bradford City on Wednesday in the League Cup.

And it wouldn’t be a shock if they beat us. Why would it be a shock? It’s not a shock any more and we’ve got to realise the position we’re in at the present time.

I still think we can go there and win the game and I still think we’ve got the players to win the game.

Obviously everyone has their own ideas on what personnel should play in the side and it may be a chance for some of the younger boys to come in.

But in terms of our midfield I think we’ve got to have a different balance.

At the moment I think we have got four players in the middle of the park who are all central midfield players.

Nobody can get the ball out wide and go by anybody so I think you’ve got to look at that but we’ve had this problem before though.

Brian McDermott tried to look at this problem and brought in Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart but that never worked.

But you’ve got to have somebody who can stay out wide and play the midfield role in a wide area – someone who can go forward and go by people. We’ve got four midfield players just now who are all the same.

Would someone like Jose Mourinho do any better if he was in charge at Leeds? No I don’t think so.

He might have more motivation but you don’t know and you can never say because it’s a bit different managing in the Premier League and the Champions League to the Championship.

When you’re talking about Champions League football it’s a bit different and what you’ve got to remember is that even if Mourinho was playing the same midfield system he’s got four real quality players there.

David Hockaday doesn’t have that at his disposal.

That’s the difference.

After Bradford, we welcome Bolton to Elland Road for our next league game on Saturday and, despite the league positions, I wouldn’t say it’s a relegation battle.

What our fans have got to remember is that a team has just come down from the Premiership and spent £11m on Ross McCormack and they’ve not won a game.

It can change very quickly but the only thing I would say is that we have got to improve and we’ve got to improve quickly.

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