Leeds United: We have to take the injured six at face value – Gray

Leeds United's Steve Morison challenges Charlton Athletic's Joe Gomez.
Leeds United's Steve Morison challenges Charlton Athletic's Joe Gomez.
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IT’S A bit strange about the six Leeds United players pulling out injured on Friday.

But as Neil Redfearn says, if the players say they are injured, then you’ve got to take them at face value.

It just seems a bit odd to me – and I think to everybody else – that all of a sudden all six players get hurt or are unfit, just before you are travelling to London.

But Neil is sensible and has taken the diplomatic line when he says that “if the players say they’re injured, they’re injured”.

It was just a strange scenario for the manager, especially the day before the game, because according to Neil and reports I have read there did not seem to be any no major injuries in the build-up.

I thought the players who played at Charlton on Saturday did quite well in the first half.

They looked the better side in the opening 45 – they got a goal and missed a penalty kick.

But they were disappointing in the second half and they never really got to grips with the game which was strange because we felt that Charlton were there for the taking.

We were saying at half-time that we’d be very disappointed if we didn’t win this game – and the only downside to the first half was that we only went in one-nil up.

We looked as if we deserved to be a couple of goals up but we’re still not as clinical as we should be in the last third.

For the amount of possession we had – we missed a penalty through Billy Sharp, then Luke Murphy missed a chance, but then after that never really troubled the goalkeeper that much for all the possession that we had.

Charlton came out in the second half and they picked the pace of their game up – it’s got to be said – and once they got the equaliser I thought there’s only going to be one winner. It was disappointing.

There was nothing really on the game apart from personal pride but the off-the- field happenings just put a dampener on the game.

It was just a strange scenario.

The crowd were having a go at Massimo Cellino but until people know the circumstances, then you can’t really say anything about that.

It was a great finish from Steve Morison on Saturday but the only thing he’ll be disappointed about is that he waited a long time for his goal but when he gets his goal and puts us one-up then we don’t go on and win the game.

It was a lovely finish but he’d have rather have had the three points as well. It’s been a long time coming that goal and he’ll be delighted to get that monkey off his back.

As regards his future, Steve said himself that he’s got another year left on his contract so you’d presume he’d still be here.

That’s five defeats in a row now and one point out of 18 and it’s not a good run we’re on but there are other issues at the club, no doubt about that and that’s between the owner and the chairman and the coach and the players.

They’ve got to get it sorted out, one way or the other.

Neil still doesn’t know what’s happening with his future and until that is resolved, nobody can really say anything.

Neil is just working away, he knows his contract us up but it’s just disappointing for him that none of this has been resolved.

But it’s not until the owner is back on a full-time basis on May 3 when we’ll find out what direction the club are going to go in.

I think it was difficult for everybody at United at the weekend and it wasn’t so much about the game but the story of the six Leeds players being injured.

The whole situation is just disappointing but you just hope that the players are professional enough that if they’re fit then they’re fit but if they’re injured, they’re injured – and if that is the case they tell the manager.

You’ve got to accept that – unless something else comes out and something basically comes out every week at the football club.

There’s now two games left starting with Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday but I think this season had gone for us a few weeks ago.

The results don’t help and I think everybody will be just looking forward to getting a break and seeing which way the club is going to go and what direction it’s going to.

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