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4 March 2015

Mick annoyed to see his side squander chance to move back into the top six and admits Town shot themselves in the foot

Mick McCarthy was frustrated that his side left Elland Road with nothing to show, after claiming Town ‘should never have lost that game’.

The Blues were defeated 2-1 by Neil Redfearn’s side, despite Daryl Murphy squandering the chance of a point by seeing his penalty saved by Whites stopper Marco Silvestri.

Leeds took the lead through an Alex Mowatt free-kick, before Freddie Sears came off the bench to pull Town level.

However Billy Sharp soon restored the advantage, before Murphy saw his late penalty turned away as Leeds took the points much to the displeasure of the boss.

“I’m totally and utterly cheesed off tonight, because we should never have lost the game,” Mick told the official Club website.

“We’ve given away two soft goals. Having said that, I’m not convinced why a foul has been given one way or the other for the free-kick.

“Bart should have saved the free-kick, that’s the upshot of it, but their ‘keeper should have saved our goal.

“We got ourselves back into the game and had a great chance in their box but then concede on the counter, which isn’t like us, to get done like we did.

“But even when we’ve gone behind, we’ve still had the opportunities- no least with the penalty. Murph hasn’t struck it with any great conviction.

“For me, we’ve had the best part of the game and I’m bitterly disappointed not to have taken something from the game.

“We’ve had the chance to get back into the top six tonight and unfortunately, we’ve thrown it away.”

The Town boss made a number of changes, with Saturday’s key clash with Brentford in mind, but Mick was pleased by the impact the new players had.

“Luke Varney and Chris Wood  played well and I’ve no problem with the team changes we made,” added Mick.

“They were a real handful and Varns was unlucky with his header, which if he was offside then it’s marginal.

“That hasn’t cost us the game by any stretch of the mark and the two lads [Sears and Murphy] will be fresh for Saturday.”

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