Leeds United midfield star Lewis Cook has explained where he thinks the Whites can improve on the weekend defeat at home against Wolves.
Leeds produced a decent first-half displayed but were poor in the second 45 minutes, which led to defeat and ultimately Massimo Cellino’s decision to show Darko Milanic the exit door after just 32 days in charge.
Cook feels as though Leeds need to react to developments in the middle of a game faster to ensure that the Elland Road side aren’t caught napping in matches over the next few weeks.
“We know we can do better. The first half was quite good, we improved towards the end of the first half but the second half we know we can do better and we need to kill games off quickly,” Cook told the Leeds website.
“We needed to block how they were going to start playing and adjust a bit quicker and see what’s happening. Then hopefully, second half performances will start coming.”
Credit has to go to Wolves for switching things up and finding a set of tactics, which were effective when the original game plan didn’t work.
Kenny Jackett’s team have been up and around the top of the table for most of the season and they deserve praise for finding a way to win the game at Elland Road.
One of the points which has been raised following the loss is that Leeds have a very young side and are perhaps inexperienced when it comes to key moments in games against the bigger opponents, but Cook disagrees.
“I don’t think we lacked experience. We’ve got Stephen Warnock, Pearcey and Bellusci – they’re good speakers.”
“I think they help us move. As players, we just need to see the change and we just need to adjust to it. We know we can do better. We’ll find out how to improve it and we’ll work on it in training. Game management especially.”
Neil Redfearn will step in as new head coach following an end to the Milanic era and it’s unlikely that the Leeds academy chief is going to stop using younger players, having overseen the development of several current stars in and around the first team.
Cook for one doesn’t see his age or his involvement as a problem and is quite happy to play continuously although he feels he may not get that chance throughout the season.
“I’d love to start every game, obviously I’m quite young and I don’t think I’m supposed to be playing every single game.”
Admirable maturity from a teenager playing at one of the biggest clubs outside the Premier League.