'We need to recover the good feeling' - Rodrigo calls on Leeds United to bounce back from FA Cup exit with Brighton win

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The Whites welcome Brighton to Elland Road this weekend.

Rodrigo says Leeds United must recover their 'good feeling' against Brighton in the Premier League following a difficult FA Cup exit at Crawley Town.

Marcelo Bielsa's side fell to a humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of League Two opposition last weekend in the third round of English football's historic competition.

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The Whites made a host of changes for the trip to West Sussex, with Rodrigo featuring for 45 minutes before being replaced at the break.

Leeds United forward Rodrigo. Pic: GettyLeeds United forward Rodrigo. Pic: Getty
Leeds United forward Rodrigo. Pic: Getty

United were still able to call on the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Gjanni Alioski, Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa, Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper amongst a number of Under-23s.

Leeds, though, were made to pay as the hosts bagged three goals in 21 second half minutes.

The Elland Road outfit are now aiming to get back on track on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Graham Potter's Seagulls to LS11.

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Bielsa's men have been in good form in the top flight this term, taking 23 points from 17 games to sit 12th in the table.

United's record signing Rodrigo is keen for Leeds not to let the cup exit derail their positive campaign so far, believing it is imperative to lift the mood with three points.

"Every game will be a big challenge for us," Rodrigo told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I think especially this week because as we know we came from a bad result last weekend.

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"We need to recover the good feeling. I think in football the way to do that is winning. I think this season we have shown in many games this season we have a very good level.

"If we can win playing well and imposing our style to overcome Brighton, it will be a very good feeling for us."

Asked about the disappointing defeat at Crawley, he said: "It was a tough game and a tough moment.

"Of course, everyone wasn't happy. We were sad and disappointed with the result of the game.

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"It should've been a better game. In football and in life you have good moments and moments to learn. That is one of those. We need to learn and understand what happened.

"I think in the first half it was a good game. We knew that on these kind of pitches it is not easy to play or impose our style.

"It's a kind of game we need to know how to also play. I think in the second half, maybe we didn't come on with the same attitude.

"Maybe we thought doing the same thing was our goal and we would win but football isn't like that."

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