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

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Leeds United lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Leeds United could not get back to winning ways this weekend as they lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Charlie Austin.

So a week on from Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Rotherham United, what did we learn about Steve Evan’s side this time round?

A single goal really can make all the difference

For the second week running Leeds lost by a single goal and when you consider the players Evans can call on that is simply not good enough.

Strikers Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci must do better, but they need the players behind them to create chances, too.

Byram better get used to that bench

So it seems Sam Byram is a substitute at best despite everyone and his dog knowing he is a far better option than Scott Wootton at right-back.

The longer Byram’s contract saga drags on, the longer it looks like one of Leeds’ best players will be overlooked, and that is crazy given their current situation.

Botaka remains an impact sub

Many Leeds fans are calling for summer signing Jordan Botaka to start matches but the DR Congo international remains an impact substitute for now.

His skill-set suggests that makes sense but he deserves longer to show what he can do.

Murphy is the man to miss out

After some disappointing performances Luke Murphy was the player to miss out with loanee Liam Bridcutt brought straight into the starting line-up on Saturday.

And on recent evidence it seems unlikely Murphy will be starting many more games in the short term.

Bridcutt looks like a canny addition

Speaking of Bridcutt, the player on loan from Sunderland looked decent on his Leeds debut and he could be a very useful player once he builds up his match fitness.

Leeds need players with Bridcutt’s energy and fight and it will be interesting to see how he does between now and May.

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