Rob Green admits Leeds United couldn't cope with Brighton duo

Leeds United's Robert Green

Disappointment has been a rareity at Leeds this season but the defeat at the Amex could prove damaging.

Leeds United goalkeeper Rob Green has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that his team struggled to contain Brighton’s rampant wingers Anthony Knockaert and Jamie Murphy on Friday.

The Whites brilliant run of form was perforated somewhat by a 2-0 defeat at the Amex that leaves them hanging onto their play-off place as they head into the gruelling festive fixture schedule.

However, it took two penalties for automatic promotion chasing Brighton to defeat Garry Monk’s visitors, though their task was undoubtedly made a lot more straightforward when Leeds youngster Kalvin Phillips was shown a straight red for handling Lewis Dunk’s goalbound effort midway through the first half.

Leeds' Kalvin Phillips is shown a red card by referee Paul Tierney

Glenn Murray dispatched the opener from the spot before Tomer Hemed added a second penalty in the closing stages after Kyle Bartley tangled with that man Dunk.

And, though Leeds could consider themselves hard done by due to the nature of the defeat, Green says The Seagulls’ flying widemen made the difference.

“I don’t think we were as settled,” the experienced shot-stopper told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “They came out with their plan and they were playing good football.

“They got the ball wide a lot and their wide players were causing problems – Knockaert and Murphy on the other side.”

French winger Knockaert could conceivably lay claim to the crown of the Championship’s most dangerous winger, with Leeds hardly the first side he has bamboozled into submission.

Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring their first goal

Yet, if Monk’s side are to maintain their play-off push over the coming months, they cannot afford to gift their opponents goals as they did on Friday.

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