Darko Milanic says the defeat at Brentford wasn't entirely useless.
Leeds United manager Darko Milanic has described the defeat at Brentford over the weekend as a ‘real experience’ for him as he embarks on life as Leeds’ new manager.
Milanic suggests that the match allowed him to view three things in relation to his squad; how his players moved, how they thought and the sort of attitude coming from those confined to the subs bench.
“I saw my players, I saw how they move and how they think, the faces that are on the bench. This is very important to me,” he’s quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
There is a sense of real frustration following his first game because of the success Neil Redfearn had in temporary charge of the team.
Redfearn went unbeaten after he was asked to look after the side by Massimo Cellino, which has created support and popularity for him within Leeds’ immense support base.
In Milanic’s defence, he’s right when he stresses the need for patience and the need to be given time not to just learn about his squad, but to learn about all aspects of the Championship which is an alien division to him.
“Generally I know that it’s a very difficult league. It’s strong and powerful, the teams play directly and have a lot of tempo. But I can’t only know generally. I have to learn better every team, every player. I need time.”
It’s important that Leeds react quickly and positively against Reading this week, who come off the back of a point against high flying Wolves in a match they could easily have lost.
Leeds went into that game against Brentford less than a week after Milanic had been appointed.
He was wary not to make any changes to the side, which was fair enough after the performances under Redfearn, but that seemed to lead to a little confusion over how they approached the game against the Bees.
Leeds remain well placed in the Championship table and three points against Reading will allow the team to push up the table and towards the play-off places where they should be looking to consolidate for the rest of the campaign.