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Leake: We Gave Ourselves Too Much To Do

21 January 2021

Defender Jake Leake has said the team gave themselves a difficult task to complete, after losing 4-2 against Sheffield United U23’s.

Second half goals from Ahmed Salam and Sean McLoughlin wasn’t enough for the Tigers to overturn a 4-0 deficit as they suffered defeat in the U23 Professional Development League.

“The first half wasn’t good enough from us and it didn’t hit the standards we want to hit,” said Leake.

“We spoke about it at half-time that we were miles off, both defensively and attacking and we needed to do so much more and I think in the second half we started to do that, but we gave ourselves too much of a mountain to climb.

“We knew we had some good chances in the first half as well to score and we had some good chances in the second half as well, but we were losing the second balls and losing tackles, which we’d normally win, and we started to put it right in the second half, but it was too little, too late.”

A handful of Grant McCann’s first-team players featured and despite the defeat, Leake added it was beneficial for his own development to play alongside them.

“You’re always learning when you’re with the first-team players. Obviously, you play a lot more of a higher intensity when you’re with them, so I think that can only be good for me and it’ll only help me get better. 

“We’ve now just got to take what we can from this defeat as individuals and as a team and we’ll be obviously looking to improve in our next game.”

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