Rosler demands more from his Leeds United players after ‘hesitant’ display

Uwe Rosler and assistant head coach Rob Kelly.
Uwe Rosler and assistant head coach Rob Kelly.
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Uwe Rosler has called on his Leeds United players to step up a gear and show more confidence and belief in the way they play.

Rosler held his hands up to a poor performance and admitted work was needed to make his players understand “what our DNA is” following a frustrating night at Elland Road on Tuesday.

Leeds succumbed to a first-half header from Tommy Smith, a goal conceded through a catalogue of errors including two from goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

A late flurry of pressure from United – leading to a strong shout for a penalty when Sam Byram went down inside Ipswich’s box – failed to avert their first defeat in their seventh Championship match of the season.

Rosler, whose side go to MK Dons on Saturday, is yet to secure a home win and Leeds have not claimed three points at Elland Road since beating Ipswich there in March.

“In general I think we should be playing at a higher tempo,” Rosler said. “Our players should have the confidence and belief that we can go for 90 minutes. We have enough in the tank.

“We’re a little bit hesitant and we’re not starting the game like the home team at Leeds United should start the game. That’s something we have to address.

“First and foremost we have to address with the players the sort of DNA we have and the way that we can win football games.

“We have to put more time in on the practice ground on that scenario, of playing out more from the back.

“Also, on the recruitment side going forward, we have to get players in who show they have that mental strength and bravery in their DNA.

“I’m not saying that we don’t have it already but we have to make sure we realise what our DNA is. We have to find ways to get the ball down and pass it.

“Every time we put three or four passes together we looked like a decent football team.

“But we can’t end up getting drawn into the sort of game that Ipswich played. Because then we’re second best.”