LIVERPOOL: Leeds caretaker boss Peter Reid has warned his new charges they must snap out of their self-pitying gloom if they are to avoid being sucked into a relegation scrap.
A 3-1 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield left Leeds with just one win in their last nine matches and just five points clear of the drop zone.
Reid pulled no punches with his assessment of a performance which he said could not be excused by the loss of a string of big names this season because of the club's financial problems.
“There's been a lot of talk about Leeds' plight this season with players going, and how difficult it is for them now,” Reid said .
“But I don't hold with that. They're paid to go out and play football, what goes on in the boardroom or on the financial side of the club is nothing to do with footballers.
“They've got to get out there and work very, very hard and show that they can play. There's a lot of internationals in the dressing room.
“They are feeling sorry for themselves. I believe that, even though it may seem harsh from me just arriving. They must realise that.
“On paper they are good players and they are not doing themselves justice. Sooner or later they have to do that.”
Reid, who has seven games to save Leeds from what would be a catastrophic drop to the first division, added: “I think when you look at this squad they have underachieved and they underachieved at Anfield.
“I'm not one for points targets, I just want to win as many as I can.
“When you look at Leeds United now the players are still going to be short of what they should achieve.
“We gave the ball away so cheaply.” – AFP