Leeds United: Time for Leeds to be tough guys on travels - Gray

FALSE DAWN: Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates his early opener at Ipswich Town. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
FALSE DAWN: Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates his early opener at Ipswich Town. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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SATURDAY’S loss at Ipswich Town was so disappointing.

In the first five minutes we started well and we scored a good goal through Mirco Antenucci again.

It was a good run from Stephen Warnock but it was slack defending by them.

But after that we defended abysmally until the end of the game.

The marking was poor for the first Town goal and I don’t know what Warnock was playing at for the penalty kick – right in front of the referee. Then things just went from bad to worse and we never really got back in the game.

We had the third goal just before half-time from Daryl Murphy who has been in good form for them and that killed the game more or less.

We went into the second half and I thought we could, hopefully, take the game to them.

Yet they started very well and the whole of the second half was just a non-event for us.

The boys never got into the game and their goalkeeper had nothing to do at all. He was just waiting for the referee to blow his whistle for time up.

Ipswich make it hard for you and they play a direct style of play. I thought they played good football and they get it up to the front two boys quick – Murphy and David McGoldrick – and they caused us all sorts of problems.

But what’s happening off the pitch at Leeds is nothing to do with what happens on the pitch – nothing at all.

The players are just concentrating on the football and you don’t look at that as an excuse for a performance like the one they produced at the weekend and Neil Redfearn won’t.

You just get on with the game and nothing has changed as far as the players are concerned – they still go in and train and play their football.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with Massimo Cellino and the Football League. The way things seem to be at the club, everybody thinks it’s going to be okay.

But you just can’t tell what happens with these things and I don’t really know the ins and outs of it. The president will be having his legal team looking into it, I would imagine, and the Football League will do what they have got to do. But until everything is resolved we’ll just have to wait and see.

The president has invested plenty of money into the club – we know that – and he’s passionate about the club, but you can never tell in football.

Looking at the league table, I think you have got to be concerned and the thing that concerns me most this season is our away form.

We’ve picked five points up out of 30 – a draw at Birmingham, a draw at Norwich and a victory at Bournemouth. That’s it and every other game away from home has ended in defeat.

At times you’ve got to dig in. Even away from home, at times this season we’ve looked quite pretty knocking the ball around. But there are times when you can’t just keep playing your way out of situations and you’ve got to be resilient and we’ve got to get that into our game away from home if we’re going to get progress.

The home form is all right. It’s not great but it’s okay. But the away form is just poor.

In saying that, before the game at Ipswich I was reasonably confident we could go there and get a result after looking at the Derby game.

But Ipswich are a different type of team to Derby and they play a bit more of a physical game.

It’s early days for Neil Redfearn and he has done well At Elland Road. The team played well at Blackburn – up to a point – and then made silly mistakes and that’s something that Neil will be looking to rectify. It’s the teams that make the less mistakes defensively that usually come out on top. The golden rule is if you don’t lose goals you don’t lose games and we’ve been leaking goals.

We let in four on Saturday and it could have been six or seven.

But I think Neil will be the man to take the club forward. There’s that many things happening at the football club just now that you want that stability and I think that’s what the president will be trying to get.