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LUFC Grayson critical of performance

Leeds United boss Simon Grayson was critical of his sides performance in their opening day defeat at Southampton.

Leeds lost 3-1 and Grayson described the performance as lacking energy, passion, desire and commitment.

He was also critical of a number of players who he described as playing as individuals.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Grayson said, "You compare today`s performance to the one six days ago, we were a million miles away from it. Last week we had energy, we had purpose, we had passion, we had desire and commitment and today we had none of that.
"Too many players went out as individuals, wanting to do their own thing and not doing the things we told them to do all week. If you go out as individuals you`re not going to get the results you deserve as a team, and that`s where we have come unstuck."

In a first half of few clear-cut chances Jonny Howson had a great chance to fire Leeds ahead when shot straight at the saints keeper.

Southampton made Leeds pay and scored with their first two shots on target. Dean Hammond was allowed too much room to score from long-range and then Adam Lallana found himself inside the area with just Andy O`Brien to beat, which he did with ease.
It could have been worse had Andy Lonergan not pulled off a fine save to deny Lallana a second minutes later.

Despite starting the second half-brighter, the game was all but over inside the opening ten minutes when David Connolly found himself in plenty of room to pick his spot and beat Lonergan.

Billy Paynter came off the bench for Leeds and wasted a great opportunity when one on one with the Southampton goalkeeper, telegraphing where he was going to put his shot.

Leeds got a late consolation through Max Gradel from the penalty spot but it was all too little too late as Leeds suffered their heaviest opening day defeat since 1989.

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Date:Saturday August 6 2011

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