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The Reaction: Leeds United 4 Blues 0

Posted: Sun 20 Oct 2013
Author: Andy Walker

Lee Clark and Paul Robinson react to the heavy loss at Elland Road.

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Blues boss Lee Clark and skipper Paul Robinson react to the heavy loss at Elland Road.

Lee Clark's honest assessment on a poor performance...

"We got what we deserved. We were dreadful in the first-half in every aspect of the game. To be 3-0 down in the first-half, we had a mountain to climb. We did some better things in the second-half but we still lost that half 1-0 so we got what we deserved, a heavy defeat.

"I was disappointed with everything. Defending, the shape in terms of the spaces between the players, we never won the first ball, we never won the second ball, we didn't create too much, our passing was average so we were lacking the whole aspect of what it takes to win football matches.

"I made the changes at half-time but there's nothing to lose when you're 3-0 down. The lads who came on (Andy Shinnie and Nikola Zigic) made a difference but, as I've said, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

"We didn't heed the warning (for the fourth goal). My goalie has had to pull off a fantastic save from (Matt) Smith at one end and then he's pulled on the opposite side and scored a great goal.

"We're all disappointed. That was unacceptable to the badge on the front of the jersey."

Blues captain Paul Robinson's thoughts...

"It was pretty embarrassing really and it's just not good enough. We've got to pick ourselves up as we've got a tough fixture away at Derby next weekend and we've got to be ready for the fight.

"Leeds ran us ragged in the first-half, we were all over the pace. Even the midfielders were bobbing on and were causing us problems. We've got to learn from this.

"We're not making any excuses, it was just a very bad day for us. 

Robinson on his own role...

"Of course I feel extra pressure. I've got to lead by example and I've got to lift the lads but at the same time my performance wasn't good enough today. I've got to lift my standards to rub off on the young lads and show them an example on the pitch.
"So I do take full responsibility. As the captain, I've got to get behind the lads and get them going.

"You've got to be honest and I'm that sort of person. I'm not going to hide, I admit the truth and I will move on from this. We've got to pick each other up, it's not just me. They are a great bunch of lads to be around and we have a good group. 

"When you have a result like this, it opens your eyes and makes you realise how tough this league is. We have to bounce back straight away."