Leeds United ace Ezgjan Alioski has delivered an honest verdict on his performance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last night as the Whites were knocked out of the League Cup.
The Premier League newcomers were given a tough game by Hull City at Elland Road, the visitors leading from the fifth minute through Mallik Wilks’ deflected effort.
Though Alioski forced penalties with a scrambled goal deep into stoppage time, he missed his spot kick in the shootout, as did teammate Jamie Shackleton.
Hull’s 9-8 victory in the shootout means Leeds have been eliminated at the second-round stage in each of the last three seasons under Marcelo Bielsa.
The Argentine took responsibility for the defeat, saying the players he picked “didn’t gel together very well”, and Alioski also admitted his performance was not his best.
“I scored, but I would prefer to win,” the 28-year-old told Leeds Live after the match.
“Enjoy scoring, but wanted to win and we didn’t win. The game was not my best game. Try everything to be in the game, to fight and it was not the best performance.
“Need to watch forward and we’re going to have other moments we are going to enjoy with the team.”
Bielsa made 11 changes to the Leeds side that dazzled in the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in their Premier League opener, and as such, it’s little surprise that the team wasn’t particularly cohesive, even against League One opposition.
That said, Alioski’s comments, as well as Bielsa’s honest admission, will be well received by the Elland Road fanbase, testament to individuals that accept responsibility for a poor display and willingness to make things right.