Rasmus Kristensen rues Aston Villa chance that got him mocked by Leeds United teammates
Rasmus Kristensen believes the Aston Villa game was a “massive chance” for Leeds United to get three points and he was mocked for maintaining that belief after Luis Sinisterra’s red card.
The Whites were forced to play for nearly the entire second half with 10 men after the Colombian was shown a second yellow by Stuart Attwell, and while his teammates were ready to hold on for a point the Danish defender thought the team was still going all out for the win.
He has revealed that the misunderstanding got him laughed at by others in the team when he was substituted midway through the half for Luke Ayling.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds on Thursday (6 October, 3mins 10secs) he said: “I’m still disappointed. I thought it was a really good opportunity to get three points, at home.
“The guys even made fun of me because when I was substituted I sprinted out, and they said, ‘Slow down, slow down, it’s 0-0’.
“I said, ‘Yeah but I thought we were still going for three points so I just wanted to go out as quick as possible to get Luke in’.
“So it was a weird game in terms of my expectations, and my hope that we would get the three points at home against Villa.
“I think it was a massive chance to get three points, but in terms of how the game went on I think we can be happy with the one point.”
In the first action back after such a long lay off it was a big opportunity to get back to winning ways, especially when Steven Gerrard’s side were lacking form.
The sending off changed the game but the Whites could still have snatched three points in the second half so perhaps Kristensen’s mindset was the right one.
Ultimately a point is better than nothing, and had the red card led to a defeat on top of the one at Brentford before the break (3 September) it would have been damaging.
While his performances on the pitch haven’t been as strong as some of his fellow summer signings it shows that Kristensen certainly has the right mindset to succeed at Elland Road.
Whether he will get the chance to play himself into form is a going concern as Ayling’s return from injury has the veteran United man pushing for a place.
He has come on as a substitute in both the previous matches, replacing both Kristensen and Cody Drameh, so might be in line to start soon.
In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has predicted the result of the trip to Crystal Palace next up.