Leeds United inquest keeps players at Thorp Arch for long day after QPR embarrassment

Georginio Rutter was one of many Leeds United players struggling to process Friday's loss -Credit:Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images
Georginio Rutter was one of many Leeds United players struggling to process Friday's loss -Credit:Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Hours were ploughed into Leeds United’s Queens Park Rangers inquest at Thorp Arch today with players drilled on what went wrong in the capital. Daniel Farke led a day of analysis and training for those players with limited minutes in Friday’s game as the long road to Southampton begins.

The Whites were soundly thrashed 4-0 by QPR at Loftus Road to leave their automatic promotion hopes hanging by a thread. The manner of the loss ensured Farke was allowing no room for weekends off.

“There's no reward for poor performance,” he said. “Sometimes it's good to clear the head, but tomorrow (Saturday) we have to speak a bit about this and also it would be wrong to send such a young group of players straightaway away without giving important messages and without analysing the game in an analytic way.

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“I want them also to understand what happened today and, for that, it's important to be in tomorrow to speak about the game, to analyse the game. Also, to have a proper training session for the players who didn't have that much load today.

“We want to be professional. Tomorrow will be a long day at Thorp Arch, then they will definitely have a day off to clear their heads and then we start into the new week with new energy refreshed.

“It's more like then the game is also done and then we remind ourselves what we have done in the [previous] 44 games.”

In an effort to build some optimism and confidence for the final home match of the regular season, against Southampton, Farke will ensure the successes of this season are not forgotten. Instead of focusing on the loss in London, the German, more than once, mentioned the prior 44 games which yielded 90 points.

In his earlier days as a manager, Farke would have struggled to hold back the emotional, aggressive, even physical, response to a heavy defeat like Friday’s. While he acknowledges that fire is still burning inside him, he has learnt ranting and raving does not get results moving forward with a group of players.

“It's also hard as a coach because, believe me, my fire is also burning and in such a moment I also could use some language and then also some physical approach in order to threaten someone, especially my players and ourselves, but it wouldn’t help,” he said. “We have a pretty emotional club and they need also someone at the helm who stays calm, who stays critical and self-critical and honest.

“Believe me, we won't play any psychological games during this week. We will speak honestly about what went wrong today, but also far away from overreacting.

“I would have done this perhaps in the first or second year of my coaching career, but not at this stage of my career and not at this stage of my age. We will stay calmed, not happy, not relaxed.

“[We are] pretty focused on the week in front of us with lots of work, but still far away from judging just this game and not your other 44 games.”