Five things we learned about Leeds from their 1-0 defeat to Rotherham

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Leeds United lost 1-0 to Rotherham United at Elland Road this weekend.

Unfortunately for Leeds United and their manager Steve Evans, Rotherham were in no mood to give the Whites their third straight league victory this weekend, and so it proved as the Millers ran out 1-0 winners at Elland Road.

With that in mind, here are five things we learned about Leeds from their latest match:

Botaka deserves to start

Leeds winger Jordan Botaka came off the bench in the second half and did his best to change the game.

While he could not manage that, the 22-year-old showed enough to suggest he should be starting more often than not.

Erwin shows glimpses of brilliance

Young striker Lee Erwin has had to wait patiently for his chances since signing for Leeds from Motherwell in the summer, but coming off the bench on Saturday, his late cameo spoke of much better things to come.

Byram should not be on the bench

Why Sam Byram remains on the bench when Scott Wootton starts ahead of him is a mystery only Evans can solve; but whatever the reason this was the kind of match crying out for the young right-sided player.

Wood and Antenucci must do more

Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood both had chances to score and the New Zealand international in particular should have done more.

With just three shots on target in the entire game, Leeds’ forward-line must ensure they are a more regular threat on the opposition’s goal.

Berardi was unlucky

Defender Gaetano Berardi saw red for an altercation with Rotherham’s Leon Best and while the Leeds full-back’s reaction was unacceptable he had plenty of cause for complaint.

Had Leeds kept 11 men on the field until the end, the match could well have ended differently such was their pressure in the closing stages, and Berardi can count himself unlucky given the way things panned out.

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