Manager on Southampton loss.
Leeds United manager Daniel Farke spoke to the media following Saturday’s defeat at Southampton.
The Whites suffered a 3-1 defeat on the road at St Mary’s, in just Leeds’ second loss in the Sky Bet Championship this season.
Farke gave his assessment of the match, with praise for his opponents.
“Congratulations to Southampton, they were more effective in this game.
“With the statistics, we have won more or less each and every statistic, but the result is all that matters and the result is 3-1, so congratulations to them.
“Our defensive behaviour was not spot on like in the last games, in the last four games we were there with four clean sheets in a row and we didn’t allow the opponents to have many chances.
“Today we needed to be more aware and sharper in the decisive moments.
“ Apart from the goals, I can’t remember one situation where Illan Meslier had to make a save, so we didn’t allow them too much.
“Sometimes tiny little moments can make a big difference.
“When we talk about the first goal, yes, normally if you would go to VAR it probably would have been ruled out as offside, but sadly there is no VAR in the Championship, therefore we have to drop a bit quicker in order to defend the run of Adam Armstrong.
“The second goal, yes we should have shifted a bit quicker and sharper against the ball, but it was also unbelievably unlucky.
“There was a situation where there was a foul by Smallbone against Crysencio Summerville.
“You could also argue, he was on a yellow card, I don’t ask for yellow and red cards, but you could at least discuss about this.
“Normally we would then play on an overload, but because of this situation, Cry needed treatment and there are protocols where he has to stay for 30 seconds out of the pitch, which meant we had to play an underload.
“In this moment, Smallbone, the player who fouled him, was there to score the cut-back.
“I don’t use this as an excuse, but to speak about it, we could have been sharper and quicker, but it was one of those days where we were a little unlucky and every mistake was punished.
“I can’t argue about the third goal, individual behaviour has to be better against Armstrong.
“If you are 3-0 down at half-time, it’s always difficult to return back with points.”