Leeds captain Liam Cooper has admitted that his side fell way below the standards they have set themselves so far this season during their suprise 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City at Elland Road last Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been the talk of the Championship so far this campaign, with Leeds playing some breathtaking attacking football that has seen them race to the top of the table.
However, they found themselves 2-0 down by half-time on Saturday after Che Adams scored a brace for a Birmingham who have struggled for form this season.
Although Leeds would dominate possession and pulled a late goal back through Gjanni Alioski, Gary Monks side held on for a much-needed win, with Leeds skipper Cooper admitting afterward that his team had simply not been good enough on the day.
“The first half was not good enough,” Cooper told LUTV.
“Mistakes cost us for the first goal, I thought we were the better team in the second half, but we can’t afford to start how we did.
“The first goal, Bailey Peacock-Farrell is a young lad and is going to make mistakes, I’ve spoken to him and told him to keep his head up, these things are going to happen and they are inevitable in football.
“For the second goal we got caught in possession, we knew Birmingham would counter attack us and it was very disappointing on our behalf.
“We’ve been good all season, at it all season and Saturday wasn’t good enough.
“We’ve set our standards high all season and we didn’t reach those, I don’t think any team in the league can afford not to be at it for 90 minutes and you get punished if you are not.
“We had chances to take something from the game, but I think if you only play for 45 minutes, you don’t deserve anything.
“It is the first time this season, we need to put that to bed and concentrate on the next game now.
“We’ll take it on the chin, we have a chance to go and put it right now next Friday night and what a way it would be to do it in a Yorkshire derby.”
Despite tasting their first league defeat this season, Biesla’s side remain top of the Championship table.