Luke Ayling reveals worrying verdict on the mood in the Leeds dressing room after Forest defeat
The expectation from the Leeds United supporters after Saturday’s defeat to Nottingham Forest is likely that the players would be raging at the result.
This is a team that has lost four of their last five games in the Championship. Some sort of a response is clearly required.
You would’ve thought that captain Liam Cooper would be going round banging heads together, or that Mateusz Klich would be attempting to galvanise the boys.
That’s what you would think the Whites’ dressing room would’ve been like at the City Ground after their bruising 2-0 reverse.
However, it doesn’t seem as if that was the case. Not, it appears, if you ask versatile defender Luke Ayling, anyway.
“If there’s one thing people can’t say about this group it’s that we won’t keep on running but it hasn’t been good enough so the quality has got to start coming back so hopefully it can,” he said, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Right now there hasn’t been much said in that dressing room. The boys are off doing their own things.
“They want to go home and come back again on Sunday and start again because we have got a huge game Tuesday at a really tricky place.
“It won’t get swept under the carpet but now I think it’s about making sure the group is together and going again for Tuesday.”
This is hugely worrying from Ayling. It just seems bizarre that there apparently hadn’t been much said in the dressing room after a fourth defeat in five.
That is completely unacceptable. These players should be tearing the hair out, demanding to know what they can each do to improve this dire situation.
But, alas, no. It seems they were all content to go home and move on from what was another awful performance.
This feels like something of a faux pas from Ayling. Why would you come out and say something like this after a defeat like that?
In other Leeds United news, journalist Phil Hay has revealed what he thinks the team needs to do.