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LUFC Lonergan - I don't deserve to keep place

Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan says he does not deserve to displace on loan keeper Alex McCarthy for the trip to Derby County on Boxing Day.

Lonergan was making his first start since breaking a finger in October due to McCarthy being ineligible to play against his parent club Reading.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson said he was hoping that he would have to face a selection headache for the festive period, with Lonergan making it hard for him to be left out with a good performance.

Lonergan was critical of his own performance in the 1-0 defeat after conceding inside two minutes on his return and feels he doesn`t deserve to keep his place in the side.

Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Lonergan said, "To be honest, I don`t deserve to. I was poor.

"I feel like I`m starting from scratch again and I`m upset because that was my chance to get back in the team. But I`ve played 250 games and I know I`m a good goalie. It`s a minor blip.

"That`s life and these things happen. Someone else has come in and done well, so fair play to him."

Lonergan decided to stay in his six-yard area rather than come for the long ball played through for goalscorer Simon Church.

With Lonergan a few yards off his line, Church chipped the ball over his head from a tight angle.

Grayson must now decide whether to stick with his full time number one goalkeeper or revert back to the on loan goalkeeper McCarthy.

McCarthy has done well since signing on loan from Reading at the start of November. Leeds won four of the five games in his initial month on loan and Leeds decided to extend the loan for a further month.

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Date:Monday December 19 2011

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