Sam Byram has admitted he was 'gutted' to miss out on last week's FA Cup clash.
Leeds United star Sam Byram has revealed how disappointed he was to miss out on playing in the FA Cup last weekend.
The defender was left out of the match with Sunderland to give him a rest, with head coach Neil Redfearn wanting to keep his young players fresh with the Championship a priority.
Byram told Radio Leeds yesterday that he really wanted to play in the game, along with two of his fellow academy graduates.
He said: "I was gutted. absolutely gutted when he pulled me to his office and he told me. But I understand his reasoning but if it was down to me I would have liked to play."
Asked if Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt felt the same way, he responded, "They were both the same."
Leeds only lost the game 1-0, and it's arguable that with the trio they could have turned the result around, but Redfearn has a responsibility to the players in the long-term.
While playing against a Premier League team in the cup is a great chance for them to test themselves, surely in their young careers there will be further opportunities.
With Leeds struggling for form in the Championship and getting sucked into a survival battle, giving the young players a breather was vital, and fans should hope to see a benefit when they face Bolton this coming weekend.