Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink makes tough admission about Leeds United

Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gives instructions during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Blackpool at Sixfields on October 28, 2017 in...

Leeds United were beaten 4-2 by Derby County at Elland Road last night.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Queens Park Rangers looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers at Hillsborough on February 23, 2016 in...

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told Sky Sports, during their live coverage of the play offs, that Leeds United did not deserve to make it to Wembley.

Leeds were beaten 4-2 by Derby at Elland Road last night, as their promotion dreams were ended for another year.

Leeds were much the better side in the first leg, but they were caught out by Frank Lampard’s men yesterday.

 

Derby played in a more direct way than they have for most of the season, and Leeds really struggled to deal with the threat that the Rams posed.

Leeds had a two-goal lead on aggregate, but as soon as they conceded the first to Derby they collapsed.

And Hasselbaink, who used to play at Elland Road, admits that his former side didn’t deserve to go through.

Leeds player react following defeat in the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

He said: “That directness gave Leeds so many problems. They deserve to have won and gone through.

“It’s hard for me to say for Leeds, but Frank has done magnificently with his team. They came here and earned the right to go to Wembley.”

Leeds will not have to watch from home as Derby and Aston Villa take each other on at Wembley.

The Whites came so close to returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, but they just couldn’t get over the line in the end.

Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at ABAX Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Peterborough,...

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