Liam Cooper discusses Leeds United’s tendency to concede first

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Leeds United have picked up just two Championship wins this season.

Speaking to the official Leeds audioBoom channel, defender Liam Cooper has admitted that the Whites are making it hard for themselves this season as they continue to concede the opening goal in games.

He said: “We make it hard for ourselves at the minute, conceding the first goal. Obviously it’s a team effort. But as part of the back-four we’d like to keep that first goal out, because, a lot of the time in this league, if you manage to score the first goal you go on and win. We’ll definitely be trying to do that [against Blackburn].”

Leeds have won just two Championship games this season, beating both Derby County and MK Dons. In both games, it was the Whites who went ahead with the goalscoring, given them an advantage over their opponents.

However, their last five games have brought three defeats and two draws, and in all of those ties, it was the opposing team who netted the opening strike.

The problem with this is that Leeds have to then fight back, and have to score at least twice if they want to pick up all three points.

They are finding it hard enough to score one goal at the moment, let alone two, and so Steve Evans’ men are not helping themselves by conceding the opening goal.

Cooper has admitted that, as part of the back-four, he wants to stop the poor defensive work, starting on Thursday evening against Blackburn.

The better that Cooper and his other defenders play, the easier it will be for Leeds to pick up that elusive third win of the season.

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