Leeds United: Tiredness wasn’t a factor in Forest fire - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

HI BRENDAN. Tuesday night was unbelievable, like that famous Stoke away match! It was just not good enough for Leeds United.

South Leeds White I AGREE. I didn’t play in that Stoke game, but was sat in the stand and it was hard enough watching it.

In terms of Tuesday, that scoreline of Leeds United 3 Nottingham Forest 7 just didn’t ring true.

Shots were just flying in and for a lot of their goals I don’t think the keeper could have stopped them.

To be fair, I hadn’t kept an eye on Forest’s form. I know Eddie Gray said beforehand they were the worst team he had seen this season and when we scored early on, I thought: ‘It’s going to be a romp here.’


But, after that, Forest were the much better team on the night and gave us the runaround.

I know it’s been said we were tired after putting in so much work against West Ham, but I don’t believe that at all.

Players are players. All they do is play football for a living and train.

You shouldn’t get hammered 7-3 because you have been in a couple of days more than the other side.

It was one of those nights. Hopefully, it won’t ever happen again.

I was involved in one game like Tuesday at Villa when we got beat 6-2 by Arsenal at Villa Park and it was embarrassing to walk off the pitch at the end. So I can understand how the Leeds players felt at the end.

I don’t know why things like that happen in football, but you do get freak results every now and again. It shouldn’t happen, but it does.

But I’m not having that about Forest having more energy because they hadn’t played at the weekend. If you put more energy in, as Leeds did against West Ham, the energy levels should be there.

Neil has said he learned more about his players on Tuesday than in the previous games he’s been in charge – and I think you can do when that happens. After the first five or six minutes, it wasn’t great.

You win as a team and lose as one. One or two put themselves about for 90 minutes, but the rest were found wanting and struggled.

It was like watching the old Forest side from the glory days in the end. They passed it and Leeds couldn’t get near them.

I remember playing against John Robertson, who was overweight but a hell of a player. He didn’t beat people with pace, but skill, and Andy Reid was like that on Tuesday and had a very good game. As did Blackstock and McCleary – they all had field days.

For Leeds, it’s a test of character. And going to Millwall picks you up anyway.

I remember when we got knocked out in the cup semi-final in 1987 on the Sunday, we went down to Shrewsbury on the Tuesday night and it was pouring down with rain.

You do feel sorry for yourselves – obviously I was more gutted than anyone – but we picked ourselves up and won. That’s what it’s all about.

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