Leeds United lost 2-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers on Thursday.
Manager Steve Evans highlighted this factor after the game, but Leeds' defensive communication was poor against Blackburn. Sam Byram and Sol Bamba played like strangers in the build up to Blackburn's opening goal after a matter of seconds, and Liam Cooper was all at sea for the second too. Leeds tightened up in the second half but Tom Lawrence ran rings around the back line in the first half, and Evans must find a solution quickly.
Lack of width
Evans chose to go with Lewis Cook from the left hand side at the start of the game, but it certainly didn't work. Blackburn not only targeted that flank early on, but Leeds had very little width going forward until Jordan Botaka came on as a substitute. Evans can't afford to use the same tactics again, with Blackburn showing what can happen if you play with two wingers and attack the flanks - something Leeds didn't do often enough.
Problems up front
Leeds made a huge commitment over the summer by snapping up Chris Wood from Leicester City, but the New Zealand international struggled against Blackburn. Mirco Antenucci also squandered his best chances, whilst Souleymane Doukara couldn't change the game as a second half substitute. After such a toothless attacking display, Evans has to be considering a move to bring in a striker on loan before the deadline next month.
Elland Road issues
With no home win in seven months, it's clear that Leeds are struggling at Elland Road. Yet, against Blackburn, matters seemed to have turned even worse. The atmosphere was anxious and edgy throughout, and whilst the players didn't give them much inspiration, the flat atmosphere contributed to a terrible night for Leeds. The Leeds players appeared to go into their shell after the early opener for Blackburn, and need to stand up and be counted at Elland Road.
The night fans audibly turned against Cellino
There has long been murmurings of discontent about owner Massimo Cellino, having now had six managers in 18 months under his stewardship, but Thursday was like nothing else. Live in front of the nation, Leeds fans were audibly chanting for Cellino to leave the club, and whilst there have been chants away from home, this time it was much of Elland Road voicing their discontent with the Italian. Matters on and off the field are deteriorating for Leeds, and fans are well within their rights to ask questions of their volatile owner Cellino.