Garry Monk says Leeds paid a 'high price' against Wigan

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds failed to beat struggling Wigan in a game which they will feel they really should have claimed all three points.

Garry Monk manager of Leeds UnitedGarry Monk manager of Leeds United

It was an evening of missed chances and heads in hands for everyone involved with Leeds. Wigan are not a team that they will feel they should have drawn against, and it is another setback, although not a terminal one. Following the 1-1 draw, coach Garry Monk spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about how his side have paid a 'high price' against their opponents.

It all seemed to be going according to plan as Chris Wood continued his fine goalscoring form to put his side ahead in the contest. Further chances came and went, with Leeds failing to give themselves a cushion in the game.

As the full time whistle drew near, it always felt like there was a twist in the tail, and there was. Shaun MacDonald struck from close range in the dying embers of the game to steal a point for Wigan, as Monk's side were left to lament missed chances.

Leeds manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

While Wigan were incredibly pleased to pick up only their second away point of the season, this statistic will irk Monk even more as his side have been building upon each performance. This is a massive setback for them. 

Of course, it is not the end of the world and Leeds will return to action on the weekend looking to claim three points that helps them in their endeavours. However, they now face a tough test against a Wolves side that have the players to give Leeds a very difficult afternoon.

Following the defeat, Monk spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post: "We’ve paid a high price. We scored a very good goal to give us the lead but the next step in that situation is not to rest and do enough. It’s to go and dominate and get the second goal".

"You leave a team with a sniff of getting back into it with a 1-0 lead. We had chances to score the second goal and make it comfortable but we didn’t take them and a team with 20 minutes to go had nothing to lose".

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates scoring his sides second goalLeeds United's Chris Wood celebrates scoring his sides second goal

"They threw caution to the wind and we defended well but this is football. It’s all down to the fact of not killing them off. They’re a decent enough team but they’re a team we should have beaten".

It is clear that Monk sees that Leeds' problem now is that their good performances are not always accompanied by an influx of goals. They were very wasteful against Wigan, and they paid the price.

Chris Wood has been in fine form this season, but he will not be able to score three goals every game in order to give Leeds a safe lead. It is vital then, that his teammates chip in with goals this season and that they take their chances.

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