Leeds United: Party goes flat after defeat at Blackburn - Gray

Ross McCormack lines up a shot as Todd Kane moves in.
Ross McCormack lines up a shot as Todd Kane moves in.
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The disappointing thing about Saturday’s result at Ewood Park was that there was a real feel-good factor before the game with us having won our previous three matches and the news of the consortium potentially coming in.

But unfortunately things then went a bit flat with our performance on the day.

We started the game at Blackburn brightly enough, but after the first 15 minutes, they took control and probably deserved to go in front at half-time. We seemed to lose it a bit.

That said, we missed a great chance through Danny Pugh and I don’t think he will have slept well on Saturday night.

What a chance that was; he will have been lying in bed thinking about that chance.

He should have just rolled it into the corner and although it was a good save by their keeper, he really should have scored.

That could have put us 1-0 up and that could well have been enough to win the game.

In the second half, I got the impression Brian McDermott thought we were not playing that well and thought it was just worth putting Matt Smith on and lumping some balls into the box.

Unfortunately for us, we never really got behind them, with the game tight and us not creating a lot.

I do feel we do need a bit of width and someone to pull defenders around and get to the byline.

It was just one of those days for us.

No-one in the press box could have said it was a great game; it was decidedly average.

Fair play to Paddy Kenny, he made a couple of good saves and although Brian felt we deserved something, I thought that over the course of the ninety minutes, they shaded it.

We huffed and puffed and ran about a lot.

But there wasn’t a lot of quality.

We couldn’t get Ross McCormack into the game and we really rely on him.

Looking at the situation, it would really worry me what would happen to us if he got injured.

He was quiet on Saturday and if he isn’t going to score goals, it’s doesn’t look like we have many others who can.

Who is going to stick the ball into the back of the net if Ross doesn’t?

We need others to step up to the plate.

To give Blackbur credit, I thought Chris Taylor did well for them on the flank.

He started to drift in from the wings and pick the ball up in the middle of the park and caused problems.

He was deservedly the man of the match for them and we never came to grips with picking him up and nobody dropped in to take care of him.

Looking at Blackburn, you would think they would be one of the teams up there and before the season started, you’d have expected them to be up there challenging at the top of the Championship. But as I have said many times, this division is one you can’t predict. Who would have thought Doncaster would have beaten Queens Park Rangers on Saturday?

Then, Bolton Wanderers – who have been on a bit of a good run – got beat and Huddersfield Town beat Burnley.

Looking at the league, there’s about 15 teams where there is hardly anything between.

Even though we had won our three games before Blackburn, things could have been different.

At Charlton, we had five shots on goal and scored four times for instance.

We have been involved in a lot of close games and it’s like that throughout the league.

Any team who wins three games on the trot can be right up there and it’s a tight, competitive league.

Now we’ve got two home games, starting with Wigan on Wednesday and then we face Watford at Elland Road and we will just have to wait and see how we perform.

It represents a good chance for us to bounce back straightaway after the defeat on Saturday.

Harrogate Town fans.

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