UWE ROSLER has defended Leeds United’s winless start to the campaign thus far – and insists building blocks are being put in place.
You have to go back 30 years to 1985-86 for the last time United – who visit Derby County this lunchtime – endured a barren streak wholly without success during a busy August when they could not manufacture a win in five matches in all competitions under the management of Eddie Gray.
The psychological merit of a keynote win to round off August at the iPro Stadium today would certainly be huge for many reasons, with it enabling Leeds to see the month out with a victory, while also recording their first competitive triumph under the reign of Rosler.
It would also confirm United’s first win in Derby in nine attempts since April 2002.
But regardless of Leeds’ statistical start to 2015-16 so far, Rosler is keen to see beyond the numbers and remains consoled by performances of his side, more especially given a demanding schedule which has seen them fit in lengthy back-to-back early-season trips to Reading and Bristol City, a Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday and Roses’ joust with Burnley.
Rosler, equally mindful that Leeds have not tasted defeat in four league matches this month, said: “I think with the size and experience of our squad and the schedule that was put ahead of us, we have come through this in a decent way.
“I think the performances and the results are for me good.
“Yes we could have won at least one game, I think maybe even two. But we have said before when you work with young players and a young squad, you have to accept that sometimes you will make a mistake in the final minute. But overall I am delighted with the contribution of the players and the staff.
“Everybody has given me all in that period and I think the players see that they are very well prepared for weeks and months ahead.”
Alongside this weekend’s commitments on the pitch, Leeds, like a host around the country, are working behind the scenes to attempt to conclude some business ahead of the 6pm closure of the summer transfer window on Tuesday.
And like many of his rival managers, Rosler is hopeful some deals can get over the line, while keeping hold on his star players.
He added: “You look at our squad and how we play, then you look at certain positions where we have very little cover or competition.
“There are of course one or two areas where we’d try to do something.
“(But) For us this time of year is always the most dangerous time. Roberto Martinez can tell you that, Tony Pulis can tell you that and I can tell you that.
“It’s very difficult to replace players in the last three or four days of the transfer window.”