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LUFC Grayson - We need to play better

LUFC Grayson - We need to play better

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says he knows the side can play better but he is quite happy with another scrappy performance if it means three points.

Leeds have looked poor since December, a month that saw them pick up just one point from a possible twelve following the 2-0 home win over Millwall at the start of the month.

2012 has seen pick up seven points from a possible nine but they have looked less than convincing in all three games.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Grayson said, "We want to play better than we have been but if it means winning a scrappy game I will take that all day long.

"We know we need to play better and we know we need to do a lot of things a lot better if we are going to be successful for the rest of this season.

"It is not a bad sign sometimes when you have played poorly and not playing to the best of you capabilities and you win matches and that`s what we have been doing."


Leeds have actually trailed 1-0 in all three games, with the sending off, of an opposition player playing a huge part in turning the game in Leeds favour.

Burnley defender Kieran Trippier was sent off in the first half of Leeds first game of the year at Elland Road.

Despite this, Leeds fell behind with less than a quarter of the game remaining.

An own goal with just two minutes remaining pulled Leeds level and a goalkeeper error by Lee Grant in the seventh minute of injury time allowed Ross McCormack to walk the ball into the back of the net for Leeds.

Next time out at Crystal Palace, Leeds trailed to an early Chris Martin goal before Sean Scannell was shown a red card for the home side on the stroke of half time.

Despite having a numerical advantage for the second half of the game, it took a goal from substitute Robert Snodgrass to earn Leeds a point.

Last weekend, Leeds were looking like losing at home to Ipswich with just twenty minutes remaining after Adam Drury had given the visitors a first half lead. That was until former Leeds loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was shown a straight red card for handling outside the area.

It still needed some kamikaze defending to turn the game around for Leeds. Ipswich defender Ibrahima Sonko inexplicably past the ball to an unmarked Robert Snodgrass, who scored to equalise for Leeds. Ross McCormack then nipped in ahead of the substitute goalkeeper, when the keeper should have been firm favourite to get to the ball first, to put Leeds ahead. In the dying minutes of the game, Luciano Becchio netted a third after easily holding off Ipswich defender Tommy Smith.

Leeds face a tough task next time out when they welcome inform Birmingham City to Elland Road on Tuesday night.

The blues have climbed into the play off places on the back of an unbeaten six match run that has seen them win 6-0 at Millwall and beat Watford 3-0 at home in their last two games.

A win for ninth placed Leeds would lift the side back into the play off places with just three points separating fourth and ninth in the table.

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