Daniel Farke, the manager of Leeds United, has given a detailed explanation for his team’s 2-1 loss against Preston North End this afternoon.
Farke’s team endured a long and difficult afternoon as Leeds United fell 2-1 at Deepdale.
The game erupted in the 53rd minute when Illan Meslier received a straight red card for raising his hand at Preston forward Milutin Osmajic. The first half was a cagey one with little to remark.
A few minutes later, Alan Browne headed the home team ahead until a penalty kick by Pascal Struijk gave Leeds a point.
However, Liam Millar’s late, curling goal sealed Preston’s victory, keeping Leeds United in third position in the standings and seven points behind Ipswich Town ahead of their crucial encounter with Leicester City this evening.
Daniel Farke criticizes Leeds’s wastefulness.
After the match, Farke spoke with Sky Sports and said that Leeds’ lackluster attacking performance was the reason for their loss at Deepdale.
“I was happy with our defense in the first half because we covered every set piece and kept Preston quiet, even though they had two half-chances. However, I was not happy with our offensive play, and I believe that we were not prepared for the battle in our offensive positions.”
The Leeds executive continued:
“Our offensive game wasn’t good enough in the first half, so we deserved to lose this game even though it wasn’t due to our mentality in the second half.”
Leeds is in a great position in the league and appears strong under Farke, but their attacking inconsistencies still stand in the way of West Brom’s crucial match.
They were crushing Ipswich Town 4-0 and now they’re losing quite easily away to Preston North End, which is obviously going to be annoying for all parties.
And things don’t get any easier for Farke on Friday night when he leads his team to West Brom, where Leeds will be playing against a guy they know well, Carlos Corberan.
The former Leeds manager has turned West Brom into dark horses for promotion; like Preston, Leeds will pay a price if they don’t take a chance on the day.
Joel Piroe, Georginio Rutter, and Crysencio Summerville, among others, will require far greater dexterity.
The likes of Joel Piroe, Georginio Rutter, and Crysencio Summerville among others will need to be much sharper at The Hawthorns on Friday night, with a win here able to further embed Leeds in the Championship’s top three.