'Not at all' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson dismisses Hasselbaink criticism of Leeds players
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Paul Robinson has dismissed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s claim that the Leeds players were not fully fit for the game against Cardiff on Sunday.
Hasselbaink was a pundit on the Sky Sports coverage of the game (Sky Sports Football, Sunday, 1pm) and said, “They [Cardiff] looked further in their fitness than Leeds, way further.”
Robinson insisted that Leeds were looking to keep the pace of the game up deep into the second half while the Cardiff players were “dropping away”.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I was really surprised by the result. I fully expected Leeds to start fast and win their first two games and secure promotion early.
“It’s a wake-up call, a shot in the arm. If anyone thought it was going to be easy then this was the Championship rearing its head again and proving anyone can beat anyone.
“I was impressed by Cardiff, the way they started, the way they closed Leeds down from the start. But still, Leeds dominated the game. Two mistakes, two goals.
“Other than that, Leeds were poor in the final third yet again, it’s been their Achilles heel. They weren’t particularly creative and they were wasteful in front of goal – it’s the story of the last 18 months.”
Asked if he agreed with Hasselbaink’s claim about fitness Robinson said, “No, not at all. Leeds looked stronger as the game went on. Cardiff were dropping away. They had two shots and scored two goals.
“Leeds were trying to use the multiball system, trying to get the ball back in play. They looked fit and strong.”
We agree with Robinson. It’s easy to point to players not being fit after three months out but that didn’t seem to be the problem.
The problem was not scoring, as evidenced by the xG stats from InfoGol, that showed Leeds with 2.07 to Cardiff’s 0.32.
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