Leeds United boss Daniel Farke believes his team were unable to beat Sunderland on Tuesday night because they were not good enough in front of goal.
The game began with a very quiet first half, which was unusual for Leeds because they had scored in the first half of their last five games.
A late winner from Jobe Bellingham was enough to bring Leeds’ seven game unbeaten streak to an end.
In the post match press conference, Farke dissected the game and highlighted Sunderlands defensive effort which caused The Whites problems during the game:
“Congrats to Sunderland for a great defensive effort. In general, I am struggling to criticise my lads too much. Clear we had a difficult away game today. We dominated this game in many periods. For us to have nearly 60 per cent possession, more than 70 in the second half. Did not find the cutting edge today. Created so many chances in the past, but the final pass tonight, we were not tidy or sharp enough.”
“They tried to park the bus and counter-attack. Whenever we shot, they had bodies to block. One of those days when you did not find the tidiness or sharpness to be there with a chance. We did not score. Difficult tonight because they were sitting so deep. 0-0 second half., Summerville through, if he goes down it’s red card and we wait to find the goal. I like his attitude, but it was probably the wrong decision to stay on his feet.”
The German coach could not pinpoint a reason for the teams lack of cutting edge in front of goal on Tuesday night:
“First half, gave away two chances to set-pieces. Second half pleased how we defended. Did well to defend everything. Struggling to accuse my lads for this goal. Seven lads in our box, defend the cross and Pritchard somehow bounces the ball back in for them to score.
Key today we did not find this moment to score.“