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Leeds United: Watford thrashing harsh but fall from grace was coming - Gray

DEJECTION: Leeds captain Lee Peltier, right, leads another unhappy walk back to the centre circle on Saturday. PIC: James Hardisty

DEJECTION: Leeds captain Lee Peltier, right, leads another unhappy walk back to the centre circle on Saturday. PIC: James Hardisty

  • by Eddie Gray
 

Saturday’s 6-1 home loss to Watford was a bad day at the office all round.

We had the injury to Rodolph Austin and the sending off of Jason Pearce and that made it difficult for the players.

But when you look at the scoresheet it says 6-1, whatever way you look at it.

It was a disappointing defeat at home and it was a game I felt we had to win to get a little bit of confidence back into the group.

But it was the complete reversal.

I know that circumstances didn’t help the players and it’s not much fun when you’re playing with nine players!

Particularly so against a side who pass the ball around.

But Watford made good advantage of their extra players when we were short.

They got us chasing the ball by moving it from side to side and that made it very difficult for our players.

But even when it was 11 against 11, there was no guarantee we were going to win the game and it was always going to be quite difficult anyway.

We had a couple of chances – David Norris had a chance and Luke Varney had another but Watford had opportunities as well in the first half. There wasn’t much in the game.

With the sending off, I thought it was a bit harsh.

Climate

I watched it again on television on Saturday night and in a way I can understand why the referee did it because it probably looked bad to him.

I felt it was a booking but other people might interpret it as a sending off in today’s climate with the way things are.

The boy Matej Vydra was just too quick as he nipped in and he did catch him. There was no doubt he was a bit unfortunate, Jason Pearce but there you go.

The referee made his decision and that’s it and I wouldn’t imagine if we appealed against it that we would win the case!

I thought Neil Warnock would maybe make one substitution at half-time and maybe bring the boy Ryan Hall on but I think he was just going for it.

And I just felt as though Neil felt that they needed the result badly.

It was just unfortunate that we then ended up with nine men but the thing about it is that you have got to feel for Rodolph Austin because it looks a bad injury.

They were saying it was a double leg fracture and six months out and it did look a bad one.

If that’s the case that’s him out for the season because if they say six months then by the time he gets back it will be the end of the season.

The season finishes in May and it’s just disappointing for the boy and we wish him all the best.

We’ve had couple of serious injuries to players in recent years when you think about it.

You look at Leigh Bromby, Patrick Kisnorbo and now Austin to name a few.

But we’ve got to try and pick points up in the league as we are getting towards the wrong end of the table just now. That’s the problem now.

Everyone was saying before the game, ‘if we beat Watford then we are not too far away from the top six’ but if you don’t beat Watford you drop another couple of places in the league.

I know people say we are still only seven points off the top six but there’s a lot of teams in between us now and the top six. That makes it even more difficult to get among them.

We are also only seven points off the dropzone and you can look at it both ways.

The position now isn’t helping things but you just hope the investment when it comes/if it comes that something happens soon because I don’t think there’s any doubt that we need an injection of a bit more quality and I don’t mean in the squad, I mean in the team.

We have played a lot of sides recently who in my mind are not among the top sides with the way the league is going just now.

But we’re still not picking points up.

You think of the likes of Charlton and Birmingham and on Saturday Watford – well you are not expecting those teams to be up there.

I think the thing with Neil Warnock is that he has brought a lot of players to the football club and I think he will want to see this job through.

I don’t see why not and I think he will wait around for investment as most managers would wait around for investment!

We’ve got a week off now until we go to Millwall next Sunday but there’s a few problems for next week as I think Michael Brown is suspended and we are definitely without a centre-back in Pearce who is definitely banned and and it looks like we will be without Austin, too.

We are going down to a Millwall team that are doing quite well, they are on a decent run so it will be a tough game and it’s always a a hard task down there anyway.

It’s just another game where we have got to go down there and see if we can get something out of the game.

After that we have got Crystal Palace and Leicester so we have got a tough run of fixtures coming up soon against teams that are going well this season.

That makes it doubly difficult.

But I don’t think we will slip into the dropzone, well I hope not.

But the longer you go without winning matches the worse it gets and I’ll be honest as I’ve said for a while that I have been worried about performances. Poor performances always catch up with you.

I don’t care about the results as we scraped a few in the past few matches but even then, I felt and if we wree not playing well it would catch up with us.

It has now and we’ve got to get out of this.

I think we are in a little bit of a rut just now, I don’t think we are playing particularly well and every single game we are having to scrap for it.

Nothing is coming easy for us just now and we’ve got to pick up results pretty quickly, I think.

 

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