Alex McLeish claims that some Leeds players will have found it difficult to accept the Crawley despite Phil Hay revealing a ‘calm mood’ in the training ground.
The former Rangers and Aston Villa boss told Football Insider that he believes that the coaching staff will be trying to turn their attention to the Premier League now but admitted it will not be as easy as that, coming after Hay’s reveal that the mood is good:
“The players who were involved in it will definitely be thinking about it, I defy any player to say: ‘I’m not worried about that, I only play against the big teams, I only save my form for that.’
“I get what you’re saying, it’s quite calm the next day, it’s possible that the way the game is changing all the time that you’re going into the dressing room or your bunch of coaches are saying: ‘Look, we’ve got to keep the mood confident because we’ve got more important things.’
“Let’s face it, they have more important things than the FA Cup, they should have been beating Crawley Town but the biggest priority will be the Premier League and I guess they’ll want to keep a good mood amongst the players.
“Individually, there will be guys playing in that game who will find it difficult to accept, the winners in that team will be saying: ‘I’m so embarrassed. The only thing I want to do and the best thing that can happen for me is the next game.’ You can’t wait for the next game to try and put it right – unless it’s affected one or two’s confidence.”
Leeds players should be embarrassed
Although Marcelo Bielsa perhaps did not field the strongest team that he had available against Crawley, with the likes of Jack Harrison and Raphinha starting off of the bench, it was still a pretty embarrassing defeat at the hands of the EFL League Two team.
Where will Leeds finish in the Premier League?
Being currently midtable in the top flight, with no real risk at this moment in time of being relegated but also a few places off of European competition, the Elland Road faithful should have targeted a good run in the FA Cup, but an early exit has left them with not much else to play for once top flight survival looks secure.
Nonetheless, the Whites will be looking to put that result to bed in their next few fixtures to try and get a buzz around Thorp Arch once again.
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