UWE ROSLER praised Leeds United’s second-half response which yielded a point in a 1-1 home draw with Brentford - and felt his side conquered some caution displayed in a poor first-half showing.
A fine 76th-minute curling strike from substitute Mirco Antenucci, thrown up front in the second period alongside Chris Wood, cancelled out debutant Marco Djurcin’s opener just before the half-hour mark.
United pushed forward for a winner and while it was not forthcoming, Rosler could at least reflect on his side maintaining their unbeaten start to the Championship season.
That said, the draw extended Leeds’ poor Saturday return at Elland Road this calendar year.
United have not won on home soil on a Saturday since mid-February and have won just once in 11 weekend outings in Leeds in 2015.
On the game, Rosler, who revealed that Alex Mowatt was United’s pre-match injury doubt, with the midfielder replaced by goalscorer Antenucci at the interval, said: “I think the first 15 minutes was excellent and we started very well.
“Brentford are a good side and they know what to do and have signed very interesting players.
“For us, we got a little bit cautious after our start and lost our fearlessness and Sol (Bamba) made a mistake, which can happen and confidence then went even more down.
“And then they scored and then afterwards we looked a little bit afraid of getting on the ball and lost momentum from the first 15 minutes.
“I said at half-time: ‘Listen, this can happen.’ I said at half-time that now in the second half, we start at 0-0 and said that now we must make sure we win that half.
“The second-half substitutes helped us, especially in the last 25 to 30 minutes when we battered them in football terms and could have won the game.
“You have to have a Plan B and we did that today with a 4-4-2.
“We pride ourselves on our fitness and showed the mentality of the group against a good side.”
United’s final half-hour pleased Rosler, yet equally he also felt that his side also left themselves open for spells on occasions, enabling Brentford to have plenty of space to exploit on the counter-attack.
The German added: “We wanted to win, but we also have to discuss one or two things we also did at the end of the game which I felt were careless in terms of pushing for the win.
“We invited them on and did some crazy things. I said to the players: ‘You worked so hard to get this unbeaten run and you never give that away easily.’
“But for me, my players put so much out in the game that they deserved something.”