Brian McDermott was less than happy with a ‘poor’ first half as Leeds United crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.
United are enduring a difficult period off the field due to players not receiving their full wages this week as the club’s takeover issues rumble on.
And those troubles were doubled on the field as they found themselves 2-0 down on Saturday afternoon against Yorkshire rivals Doncaster with David Cotterill and Billy Sharp firing in a first half that was one to forget for the home faithful at Elland Road.
A much improved performance after the restart saw Ross McCormack bring a goal back for Leeds as he guided a header past Sam Johnstone, however, the Whites could not force a point.
“I’m not looking for excuses, we were poor in the first half,” said a disappointed McDermott.
“It was horrible to watch and I’m sure it was for the fans as well.
“Second half we restored a little bit of pride.”
He went on: “I told them, ‘you’ve got to restore some pride in this shirt, it’s so important to do that’.
“I thought Tongey [Michael Tonge] got us playing.
“They we unbelievable again [the fans]. They know the situation we’re in and they were fantastic throughout.”