Leeds United head coach Javi Gracia has sympathised with his players following their damaging defeat to Crystal Palace last Sunday – yet claims that his side “don’t have time to complain” ahead of Monday’s clash with Liverpool.
Sunday’s contest began brightly for the Whites, with Marc Guehi’s first half stoppage time equaliser acting as a sucker punch considering the extent to which Leeds dominated the rest of the game’s opening forty five minutes.
Gracia’s side crumpled dramatically in the game’s second half however and went on to concede four goals without reply – leaving many in the stadium scratching their heads as to what had just happened.
Speaking in his press conference today, Gracia stressed that his players were “disappointed” with the nature of their second half capitulation against the Eagles, but also emphasised the importance of moving on from this poor result quickly.
“After our last game, all of us we are disappointed. Most with the second half than with the first half but the final of the game was for us difficult, hard to accept,” Gracia said (as per Yorkshire Evening Post).
“After that now we have another chance, we know there are eight games left to finish the season and we don’t have time to complain about anything.
“Only try to focus on the next game and do better like we did in the most part of the games before. We believe we can do it.
“They [the players] worked very well this week and I’m sure they learned from our mistakes.”
The importance of bouncing back quickly from Sunday’s result cannot be overstated for Gracia’s side, who currently sit 16th in the Premier League table – just two points above the relegation zone.