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Leeds United boss defends changes on Wednesday night against Stoke

Leeds United coach Daniel Farke believes there was nothing wrong about the changes he made to the starting lineup against Stoke, citing the fact that injuries and fatigue played a part.

The Whites lost 1-0 on Wednesday night to a late own goal from Pascal Struijk. The goal came from a set piece, was headed onto the crossbar by Stoke striker Wesley, before the ball bounced off Struijk and into the net.

Five minutes earlier Leeds had a chance to take the lead in the game, but unfortunately Patrick Bamford missed from the spot. The defeat ends Leeds’ three game unbeaten run.

Leeds made three changes to the team that beat Norwich over the weekend, with Illia Gruev, Jamison Anthony and Willy Gnonto starting on Wednesday night. Farke says the changes were necessary:

“No guarantee with James or Summerville or Kamara to be better in possession. You have to take the decision before the game and I would do the same. You cannot win the league over 46 games with 11 players.

James was injured a few weeks ago. Busy period with Wales. Gnonto available and needs game time. Summerville cannot play three matches over 90 in seven days. Little injuries and an affected pre-season, Playing with painkillers and a strapped shoulder.

Kamara played every minute for Finland. Needed those changes. Fresh players came in. Have to convert chances.”

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