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Five things we learned about Leeds United from 1-0 defeat to Burnley

Leeds United and Burnley went head-to-head this weekend.

Leeds United lost 1-0 to Burnley on Saturday with the only goal of the game coming from Scott Arfield after just 60 seconds.

That early strike was a hammer blow for Leeds and they failed to get back into the game thereafter, with the high-flying Clarets maintaining their promotion push.

The Whites have now failed to win any of their last four matches, with defeats to Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United and a draw with Queens Park Rangers coming in the build-up to this clash.

Here are five things we learned about Leeds from their latest setback:

Leeds still lack consistency

The problem for Leeds this season has been consistency, with each apparent revival followed by a string of poor results.

The defeat to Burnley is Leeds’ third loss in four matches, but just a few short weeks ago they were beating Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers in quick succession.

Wood’s wastefulness costly

On another day Leeds striker Chris Wood would have won this match on his own, but the New Zealand international wasted two great chances when he looked odds on to score.

The forward has struggled for form and fitness this season and he needs to up his game when the new campaign rolls around.

Dominance speaks of better things to come

That said, Leeds had the better of the game and how they performed against one of the Championship’s best suggests their time will come.

If the Whites can keep this squad together and strengthen in the summer anything is possible.

Antenucci should be starting

Wood’s failure to find the net proved why Mirco Antenucci is so important to Leeds right now and why he should be starting alongside the former Leicester City forward rather than spending too long on the bench.

Cooper deserves credit

He may have had to wait patiently while Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci impressed earlier in the campaign, but Leeds defender Liam Cooper put in a fine performance against Burnley and deserves all the plaudits that come his way.

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