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Egzjan Alioski comments on Burton Albion snub

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the second goal during Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen left out Egzjan Alioski last week.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the second goal during Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Speaking to a press conference, via LUTV, Egzjan Alioski has suggested he was not disappointed by Thomas Christiansen's decision to omit him from Leeds United's first XI for the 5-0 win over Burton Albion last weekend.

Leeds enhanced their promotion credentials with a ruthless victory over Nigel Clough's side in a game which saw Alioski remain on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

Up until that point, the Macedonia winger, a £3.2 million signing from Lugano, had been hugely impressive for the Whites but he played 180 minutes of international football in the days leading up to the visit of Burton, hence Christiansen's decision to rest him.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the second goal during Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Asked if he was disappointed not to face Burton, Alioski told LUTV: "We have a big team. You must also work hard to play and I understand also that it's not easy for the coach.

"Yeah I got back from the national team and yeah the coach says whether I play or not and I have to accept it. We have many games and I look forward."

Macedonia's midfielder Ezgjan Alioski (L) vies with Italy's midfielder  Italian midfielder Marco Verratti (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Macedonia and...

It is perhaps indicative of United's strength in depth that a player of his calibre can be left out and still record a 5-0 win.

Alioski was restored to the first XI for Tuesday's win over Birmingham City, playing an hour before being withdrawn for Kemar Roofe.

Now top of the table, Leeds visit Millwall tomorrow as Christiansen's side aim to protect their nine-match unbeaten run this season - seven wins, two draws.

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