Thomas Christiansen asked if he got Leeds team selection right for defeat

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Leeds United suffered their first defeat since November in the Championship as they were beaten 1-0 in their final game of 2017.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Thomas Christiansen has told BBC Radio Leeds that he still believes that he got his team selection right for Leeds' clash for Birmingham despite the Whites losing 1-0 to the Championship's bottom side.

Leeds would have gone into the game with a huge amount of optimism after winning their previous four games and guaranteeing that they would start 2018 as one of the teams within the play-off places in the second tier.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City and Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium...

Unfortunately for the Whites however, a disappointing performance resulted in the Blues picking up a massive three points that leaves Leeds just one point clear of the chasing pack. And Christiansen was amongst those who came in for criticism after the game. 

The Leeds lineup included Conor Shaughnessy in holding midfield with both Ronaldo Vieira and Eunan O'Kane out of the side. While the youngster has impressed this season, that has been at centre-back, and Vurnon Anita and Mateusz Klich were available, but left to start the game on the bench. 

And with Samuel Saiz and Pierre-Michel Lasogga also both left out until the latter stages, some Leeds fans may have felt that Christiansen got his selection wrong. But the Whites boss suggested that he would have done nothing different, even with the benefit of hindsight. 

Leeds Samuel Saiz (L) holds off the challenge from Brentford's Ryan Woods during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in...

"It's always easy to analyse after the game. When you win, you've done it right, when you lose, you haven't. I believe so," he told BBC Radio Leeds when asked if he thought he got his team selection right.

"I had two players available in that position [central-midfield], that was Conor and Kalvin, there was not much more I could pick. With Conor there, we had at least one who could go to the challenges with Gallagher. That was the sense. After with the ball, we didn't have too much and that was the problem."

In fairness to Christiansen in regards to Saiz and Lasogga, neither made any particular impact once they were brought onto the pitch, with Saiz, in particular, looking a lot more wasteful than he has been when he has been at his best.

The decision to pick Shaughnessy however, may be one gamble that Christiansen may reflect on as having backfired. Though he is naturally a central midfielder, the 21-year-old struggled to make a positive impact, and it may not be a surprise if he is not playing there when Leeds host Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day.

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