Eddie Gray explains what Leeds’ players need to realise about starting games

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Leeds United faltered to a 0-0 draw with Charlton over the weekend.

Speaking to LUTV, Leeds great Eddie Gray urged the current group of players to start games faster, as their slow approach could cost them in the future.

Gray said: “I thought it took us a long, long time to get going today. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes until we penned them in. The thing about that, and what the players have got to realise, is that the game could have been gone by then. They had a couple of chances, and if they had a bit more quality, they could have been in front.”

Against Charlton, it was the Whites who dominated the game and had the best chances, with Tom Adeyemi and Lewis Cook missing real opportunities to give Leeds all three points.

However, it took a while until Steve Evans’ men got fully up to speed in the game, and if Charlton were a better side, Leeds could have easily been behind.

This has been a problem with Leeds for much of Evans’ reign, with the worst aspect of starting slow coming to the fore in the 2-0 loss to Blackburn back in October - when Rovers scored twice in the first six minutes.

Gray wants to see the Leeds players learn that starting games slowly can be a dreadful way to pick up results, and if they come out of the blocks with breakneck speed, it would not be a surprise to see the Whites get ahead in games in the opening stages.

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