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Leeds United’s Alex Mowatt assesses draw with Burnley, admits he made mistake leading to goal

Alex Mowatt

Leeds star Mowatt was disappointed with the draw to Burnley, even if the football played was impressive.

Leeds put on arguably one of their best performances of recent years in the draw with Burnley last weekend, but Alex Mowatt has admitted to the official club website he was disappointed at the result - especially as the Clarets’ goal was due to mistakes from the Leeds players.

The midfielder said: “I thought we played well, we played the style that the gaffer wants us to play and it worked for us. We should have won the game in the end, I thought. I think we played some good football as well as our defensive game and our pressing game. We created a lot of chances and got crosses in the box.

“There were a couple of mistakes leading up to their goal, I got beat too easily and they got the cross in so hopefully we’ll learn from them and cut those mistakes out.”

Head coach Uwe Rosler certainly had Leeds playing a classy brand of football, showing their high pressing ability impressively, and being unlucky to not add to the one goal scored by Mirco Antenucci.

However, they conceded just minutes after taking a one goal lead, and this is the kind of sloppy play that the Whites need to get out of if they intend to be taken seriously in the Championship.

Rosler has built a squad capable of getting out of the division, but until they can see off games they will struggle to push for the top places in the league table.

Burnley’s goal came from a lack of defensive stability, with Sam Vokes’ header easy for him to put away with no one competing for the ball. It also came from a cross sent in by Tendayi Darikwa, who had no one pressing him and was able to set up up the perfect assist.

Leeds looked impressive in the opening game, but there are clear areas to work upon, and Rosler will be hoping his squad improve as the season moves along.

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