Leeds United defender Sol Bamba told the Yorkshire Evening Post he thinks the team’s tendency to attack cost them against Brentford.
Leeds failed to make it three wins in a row against the Bees and Bamba feels that a slight lack of defensive discipline, created by the team’s desire to attack allowed Alex Pritchard to score the only goal of that game.
“We should have been better at keeping the back door shut but we’re a team who like to play as well. I think that’s what cost us,” he said.
“We’re going to recover and be ready for tomorrow. When you’ve lost a game you want to play as soon as possible.”
The danger of a side that presses over aggressively in attack is that it drags the defensive line forward and creates space for the opposition to counter attack and take advantage of.
Leeds are away to Reading in the mid-week Championship games and could take a different approach to the way they go about the game.
If Bamba’s comments are echoed by manager Neil Redfearn, the defence will more than likely tighten up and become more difficult to break down.
Reading will get at Leeds, which creates a need for Redfearn’s team to defend a bit deeper.
If they do that successfully, they’ll keep a clean sheet and that in turn will make the job of the attack easier because they’ll only have to take one half chance to potentially decide the game.
Leeds can’t be blamed for wanting to attack and entertain in front of their own fans but there’s an arguable need for the side to tighten up.