Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler expressed satisfaction with a goalless draw at Reading as he criticised a schedule which he said was forcing the club’s players to “live like monks”.
Rosler joked that his squad were living a life of “no alcohol and no sex” but voiced his displeasure at a fixture list which is forcing United to play four games in 10 days and three matches away from home.
United took a point from a tight and largely chanceless contest at the Madejski Stadium yesterday, three days after suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Doncaster Rovers in a televised League Cup tie.
A long visit to Bristol City this Wednesday has created a situation in which Rosler said his players were “going up and down motorways” but he was happy with the result at Reading, describing it as “another building block”.
Leeds had the better of the few opportunities at the Madejski Stadium, with Stuart Dallas missing a close-range header towards the end of the first half, but Rosler admitted that there was “nothing really between the teams” during 90 closely-fought minutes.
The point was United’s second of the Championship season, following on from last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.
“I take the point as we had 48 hours’ less recovery time than them,” Rosler said. “We came here with a game plan and there was nothing really between the two teams but we had the better chances. I take that point as a vital point in terms of the next building block.
“Our keeper had to make two saves but only from free-kicks. We have five or six players in our team who are still learning the game compared to six or seven of their players who have played in the Premier League.
“The schedule we have had to go through at the moment is not good. I have to say that but I don’t want to make excuses so it’s better to say it now than before (kick-off). It’s character-building if you come through this schedule and get a good amount of points. After that, I think everything is easy.”
Looking ahead to United’s game at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, Rosler said: “For us it’s vital how we recover. We have to live like monks – no alcohol, no sex! We’re going back up and down the motorways again and for that reason it was very important to get this point.”
Yesterday’s match saw an early moment of controversy as Rosler’s captain, Sol Bamba, escaped with a yellow card for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu on the very edge of United’s box.
Bamba appeared to be the last man but referee Chris Kavanagh booked him for the challenge.
Reading boss Steve Clarke said it was “one of those which could have gone either way” and Rosler admitted: “It was a 50-50 game and it was about which team made the first mistake.
“We made a mistake at the beginning and I felt (Bamba) might get the red card. I think he got away with that one. But in the first half our shape was excellent and we had some good chances. Not many but some clear, good chances – Stuart Dallas for example.
“In the second half both teams looked tired. We were never really in trouble but never found a way to create something either. I take the point and we move on.”