Rosler frustrated as Leeds don’t show the ‘courage or bravery’ to break down Ipswich Town

Uwe Rosler on the touchline with Mick McCarthy

Uwe Rosler on the touchline with Mick McCarthy

Leeds boss Uwe Rosler was frustrated to watch his side get ‘drawn into Ipswich Town’s style of play’ as the Tractor Boys claimed a 1-0 win at Elland Road.

Leeds boss Uwe Rosler was frustrated to watch his side get ‘drawn into Ipswich Town’s style of play’ as the Tractor Boys claimed a 1-0 win at Elland Road.

Tommy Smith’s goal, just after the half-hour mark, was enough for Mick McCarthy’s side to secure all three points, from a game where the hosts managed just one shot on target compared to the Blues’ four.

Rosler was disappointed his players didn’t show the necessary ‘courage and bravery’ to win the game, as they failed to break down a resolute Ipswich side.

He said: “We expected Ipswich to start like they started, we knew in the beginning of the game they would make it difficult for us to get on the ball, it became very scrappy and the first time the ball went in the box from a corner they scored.

“Defensively they are very solid, they know what they are doing, they ran out the clock well and made it very hard for us.

“Overall it’s disappointing we didn’t show enough courage and bravery to force our game on the opposition.

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“We got drawn into their style of play and we’re not that kind of team. When you play like that for the majority of the game you will be second best, which is what happened.”

The German was also disappointed his side were not awarded a penalty, firstly following appeals for a handball by Smith before Sam Byram was booked for diving after hitting the deck under pressure from Jonas Knudsen.

“A few decisions went against us, some crucial decisions. I’m not blaming the referee but it’s just a fact we had an appeal in the first half for a clear handball, the referee maybe can’t see but the linesman has a clear view of it,” he said.

“Obviously then there’s the Sam Byram situation. “We felt we had a very strong case for a penalty.”

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