By George Overhill

10th Apr, 2023 | 8:10pm

Leeds United: BBC reporter addresses speculation of a dressing room bust up at half time of 5-1 Crystal Palace defeat

BBC man Jonny Buchan has reacted to speculation that there was a bust up in the Leeds United dressing room at half time against Crystal Palace.

The Whites conceded an equaliser just before the break on Sunday (9 April) to go in at 1-1 but collapsed in the second half to lose 5-1, leading to suggestions that something happened at the interval, but Buchan has denied that was the case, claiming there was “no suggestion” of an issue.

While that makes the second half performance all the more baffling against the Eagles, but seems to emphatically rule out behind the scenes disharmony.

On Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet for the BBC on Monday (10 April, 7m 35s) Buchan had said: “The speculation was people saying, ‘What happened at half time? There must have been a falling out. There must have been a bust up.’

“We’ve heard no suggestion at all of that. We’ve actually heard the opposite. We’ve heard, ‘No, there was no problem at half time.’

“So that doesn’t seem to be the suggestion at all, that something went on at half time in the dressing room, despite some people speculating, as you can understand.”

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Aside from the obvious frustration of conceding right at the end of the half and going in level when Leeds United had been on top for the first 45 minutes, there would have been little obvious reason for an explosion.

So it is probably a positive that the squad hasn’t been broken by some sort of shouting match, but it does leave the explanation for such a capitulation to Roy Hodgson’s side harder to come by.

It may be, and fans will certainly be hoping it was, a freak occurrence that can happen to even the best sides, so it doesn’t have to derail what had been starting to look like a very positive run under Javi Gracia.

Some players weren’t good enough, but perhaps that is no surprise given this is a side that has been struggling against relegation for the best part of two years now.

Injuries at a bad moment in the season are playing their part, but recent games have also shown enough to suggest that there is plenty to be positive about as well.

Psychologically this result has the potential to effect belief so a solid performance against Liverpool is now very important.

As long as it doesn’t bleed into subsequent games the heavy loss can be chalked up as a bad day at the office, so if Gracia makes the necessary changes and instills belief back into the players there is still every chance that survival is in reach this season.

In other Leeds United news, Micah Richards was “furious” at what he saw from one “cheating” Whites ace.