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Leeds boss Uwe Rosler explains why he changed mind mid-game, didn't bring Luke Murphy on

Leeds United boss Luke Murphy has said he changed his mind on bringing on Luke Murphy because other areas of the pitch needed more help.

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has explained why he did not bring Luke Murphy on against Bristol City.

The German told BBC Radio Leeds that he did intend to do so, but changed his mind as other areas of the pitch were in more urgent need of fresh legs.

Leeds let slip a two goal lead, having been cruising heading into the final minutes, and conceded an equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time as the Robins pinched a 2-2 draw.

Rosler said: "I wanted to give him today 15 to 20 minutes. The two guys in midfield did tremendously but I was tempted.

"I wanted to give focus on the right side with Gaetano Berardi to help Scott Wootton, I wanted to bring Alex Mowatt to keep the ball higher up.

"Luke Murphy was on his way for one of the two guys in the middle, but they closed game out from their perspective very well."

Having let the lead slip it's easy to wonder if the game would have turned out at all differently had Rosler made different choices and stuck to his original plan.

The two midfield players to which Rosler refers were loanee Tom Adeyemi, who was impressive again alongside youngster Kalvin Phillips.

Sam Byram was the player taken off to accommodate Berardi, while Mowatt replaced striker Mirco Antenucci.

Murphy is coming off a minor knee operation and is being eased back into the side, but did get off the bench late on against Reading at the weekend.

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