Video: Striker Lasogga bemoans Leeds United's lack of luck
PIERRE-MICHEL LASOGGA cursed Leeds United's luck but bemoaned a costly trend of early concessions after the crossbar denied him an injury-time winner against Bristol City.
The striker rattled the frame of City’s goal with the last touch of the ball in a frantic match at Elland Road yesterday, failing by inches to earn Leeds a first win in eight league games.
United had recovered from falling 2-0 behind in the first 16 minutes, hitting back through Lasogga’s 72nd-minute volley and an 80th-minute tap-in from Kemar Roofe, and the recovery prevented Leeds from slipping 11 points adrift of the Championship play-offs.
Paul Heckingbottom’s side, however, were hampered by quick strikes against them, a trend which United’s head coach inherited when he replaced Thomas Christiansen a fortnight ago. His defence were punished for failing to deal with two long throws from Hordur Magnusson.
Lasogga, who is one finish away from double figures this season, was at a lost to explain the habit, saying: “This is a good question. I don’t know. We started well but then we were two goals down and I don’t know why. We showed another face in the second half and I can’t explain why we played so much better than the first but we have to change it and play 90 minutes like this.”
Leeds, with their campaign effectively on the line, piled on the pressure at the death and Lasogga’s header against the bar followed near misses from Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips.
“At the end we have to say that we are a little bit unlucky because the chances from Kalvin and Adam were so close,” Lasogga said.
“Then I hit the crossbar in the last second.
“But it was important to get this point because against Bristol it’s not an easy game.
“We showed we can play very well against teams in the top six so I think when we get the victory (away at Derby County) on Wednesday, it opens some doors for confidence. Then we have to look forward to what happens at the end of the season.”
Leeds have 14 matches remaining and face another difficult week with Wednesday’s trip to Derby followed by a home meeting with 10th place Brentford.
United are 11th in the Championship table but Heckingbottom’s squad will be strengthened by the return of Samuel Saiz, Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi from suspension.
All three players completed bans during yesterday’s match, with Saiz serving the final leg of a six-match suspension imposed on him for spitting in Leeds’ FA Cup third-round defeat to Newport County last month.
Leeds have suffered in his absence, taking two points from a possible 18, and his return gives Heckingbottom the use of an attacking asset who weighed in with nine goals and five assists before his ban.
Lasogga said: “It’s very important, not just Samu but also the other players coming back too because it makes our squad stronger.
“I’m happy that the guys are coming back because we’ve had enough red cards. When we are playing with 11 (at full strength) we can see how good we are.”