'Positive' Jean-Kevin Augustin wanted to play second half for Leeds United U23s at Sheffield Wednesday says Carlos Corberan

Jean-Kevin Augustin felt positive and wanted to stay on for the second half of Leeds United's Under 23s game at Sheffield Wednesday today, says Carlos Corberan.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 5:20 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 5:21 pm
Carlos Corberan said today's game was perfect for first team players needing match minutes, like Jean-Kevin Augustin and Gaetano Berardi

The man in charge of the Whites second string said it was decided that the likes of Augustin, Gaetano Berardi, Ian Poveda and Jamie Shackleton would play just 45 minutes, so they can rejoin the first team for this week's training schedule from tomorrow.

Augustin took a kick on the foot just before half-time but will be fine, according to United.

"He's positive, he wanted to continue playing but we don't want the players playing more than 45 minutes because they have to follow the normal process of the week with the first team," said Corberan of the club's new loanee striker.

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"I think we use the Under 23 games to give minutes to first team players. A lot of first team players like Shackleton, Poveda, Augustin played. We tried to help them to take their levels that they have, they need game time. These games are perfect for them to continue playing to be ready as soon as possible to help the first team."

Corberan was pleased to pick up a point from a game that Leeds were losing 2-1 until the final minute, when Bryce Hosannah's cross forced an own goal.

But he wanted more creativity in attack from his side and saw both of the Owls' goals as avoidable.

"I think the result was the most positive thing, the result was deserved," said Corberan in an interview with LUTV.

"But we didn't make enough impact for me in the last part of the pitch. We had the ball in the second half but not enough creating chances to beat the last line of defenders and try to create goals. They scored two goals with their only two chances in the second half, chances we could avoid perfectly."

The spirit the Leeds 23s showed to get something from the game is what Corberan wants to see from the outset in games, because it is necessary to make the step up to first team action.

"It's how we have to play the game, all the players have to play with the attitude to win the game," he said.

"The important thing is to have the desire, the personality and the character to fight until the last seconds. It's normal, to be in this club with ambition as a player you have to face the game with 100 per cent intensity. The only possibility the players have to talk is in the games, to show they're ready to face more demanding games.

"I think the team is in the higher part of the league and every point is important. The point today was important because we were losing until the last minute. It's the mentality you have to have, start the game with high mentality. We have to face the game very strong and face the game with a high level of determination. Every detail can change a result and we want the results to be positive for us."