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Kyle Bartley discloses message his dad sent him after Leeds' opening day defeat to QPR

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

Garry Monk's men kicked off their Championship campaign with a 3-0 defeat.

Leeds United's Kyle Bartley in action with QPR's Sebastien PolterLeeds United's Kyle Bartley in action with QPR's Sebastien Polter

Kyle Bartley has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds United need to forget about their opening day humiliation at the hands of Queens Park Rangers after a message from his dad reminded him that all is not lost for Garry Monk's men.

The Whites find themselves bottom of the Championship after the first round of fixtures after losing 3-0 at Loftus Road, but Bartley has explained how his dad has convinced him that they can bounce back.

Leeds United's players look dejected at the end of match

"We haven't got time to dwell on the result," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"My old man actually sent me a text saying that Reading, when they got promoted, lost their first game and went on to get 106 points. So we need to look forward and put this day behind us."

Reading captain Graeme Murty lifts the Championship trophy 2006Reading strolled to the Championship title in 2006

Though anyone who watched the contest on Sunday will know that Leeds appear to be a long way off being capable of mirroring the Royals' run - Steve Coppell's men lost just one more league game throughout the entire campaign after their opening day defeat to Plymouth - the point is that it is clearly too early to write off their hopes of achieving something this season.

The defeat may ultimately have a galvanising impact on the squad as while they will know that they were outplayed in practically every department against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men, they will also know that they have the quality to turn things around and will be driven by wanting to make sure that they are not embarrassed like that again.

If they can convince themselves that they are much better than what they showed on Sunday, then there is no reason why they cannot go on the kind of run that soon makes that result look like an anomaly.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

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