Burnley midfielder rues Leeds United what ifs and makes Whites running admission after Turf Moor reverse

BURNLEY midfielder Jack Cork admits that Leeds United had more energy in the closing stages of Saturday's Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 2:36 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th May 2021, 2:40 pm

Cork's side fell to a 4-0 defeat despite making a bright start to the encounter against Marcelo Bielsa's Whites.

However, Mateusz Klich fired Leeds ahead one minute before the interval and Jack Harrison doubled the United advantage on the hour mark.

Record signing Rodrigo then came off the bench to net a quickfire double and Cork felt that Burnley's exertions from Monday night's victory at Fulham took their toll.

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DISAPPOINTMENT: For Burnley and midfielder Jack Cork, centre, in Saturday's 4-0 defeat against Leeds United at Turf Moor. Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Monday's 2-0 success at Craven Cottage ensured that the 15th-placed Clarets would stay in the Premier League for a fifth consecutive season.

"It feels like it’s been long seasons for two years now and we put a lot into Monday – a lot emotionally – trying to finish the job for us,” said Cork to Clarets Plus.

“There was no lack of effort or trying today from us, but it’s been a little bit of an emotional week.

“Putting everything into Monday against Fulham and then coming today and trying to reproduce that same effort is difficult.

“Leeds are a team who do a lot of running, which is a thing we do as well.

"I think today they had that bit more energy than we had, especially towards the end of the second half.

“The first goal was a nice goal from them. I think that’s what they wanted us to do – come out of position and exploit that on the counter-attack.

“The second got a deflection so was a bit unlucky and at that stage we’d had a couple of chances and we could have tightened the gap.

“If we had taken those it maybe gives us a bit of lift and changes the outcome of the game.

“After that it was a tough afternoon and we played into their hands a little bit by having to chase the game.”

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Thank you Laura Collins