Leeds United must learn lessons, says Stuart Dallas
That was the honest assessment of Stuart Dallas, candid as ever in his assessment of United’s 4-1 home loss to Leicester City at Elland Road.
The Northern Ireland international’s strike gave Leeds hope in the second half with his first goal of the season, but the evening ultimately belonged to a Foxes side who followed up eye-catching wins at Arsenal and Manchester City with a comprehensive win at Leeds – netting two goals in each half.
Leicester may have only afforded themselves 32 per cent in terms of possession, but they used it ruthlessly in times, more especially in the first half when they carved through the home defence and isolated central midfield like a knife through butter at times.
It was a high-class exhibition in counter-attacking football, ably led by the outstanding Jamie Vardy, who found fertile ground on his return to Yorkshire.
Leeds proved proficient at responding after setbacks during two seasons in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa and now must do so again.
Dallas said: “It’s always tough when you get beat. We gave ourselves an uphill task in the first half.
“It took us about 30 minutes to get into the game and at that point we were two-nil down and it is difficult then, especially playing a good side like Leicester.
“In the second half we got ourselves back into it and we controlled the game then, but they showed quality going forwards and hit us on the counter again.
“We knew what we were coming up against and we knew we were going to have the majority of possession, but you saw their quality on the counter with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes, lightning fast players.
“It’s a disappointing night, we came into the game hoping we could get something out of it and we weren’t able to do that.
“There are a lot of things we will take out of the game and we need to turn our attention to Crystal Palace on Saturday now.”