Rosler explains how lack of experience affected Leeds performance against MK Dons

Uwe Rosler

Leeds manager Uwe Rosler believes his side were affected by their draw against Bristol City whilst playing against MK Dons.

Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has told LUTV that the lack of experience in his side affected the performance against MK Dons.

Leeds recovered form their first league defeat of the season to Ipswich in midweek by beating Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor put Leeds 2-0 up, before Simon Church threatened to bring MK Dons back into the game - but Leeds held on for the win.

For some fans, the situation late in the game was reminiscent of the fixture against Bristol City earlier this season. Leeds went away in search of a victory, and led 2-0 in what looked like being a strong win for Rosler's men - but they collapsed late on, conceding twice to draw 2-2.

Once Church had pulled a goal back for MK Dons, the situation certainly felt similar - but Leeds did manage to battle and claim all three points this time.

After the game, Rosler was asked whether that draw at Bristol City affected his players, and he told LUTV that, with little veteran experience on the pitch, it possibly did get in the heads of his players late on.

"We were nervous, you could see that," said Rosler. "I think, in the back of the mind from us was a little bit of the Bristol City game. That's understandable for me, but we will get better. I felt, with not so much experience on the pitch, probably yes," he added when asked whether the Bristol City result did affect their second half display.

The Leeds side contained a number of youngsters, including Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook, all of whom are still gaining experience in the Championship.

Whether Rosler now looks to the loan market to help add some experience to his side remains to be seen, but having highlighted the lack of a veteran presence, it may well be something that the German explores in the coming weeks.

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