Leedsunited.com 6/11/06
A BIG KICK
Manager Dennis Wise admitted Saturday's 3-2 derby defeat at Barnsley was a "big kick in the teeth" after two second half goals earned the home side three valuable points.
United had enjoyed the better of the first period and, after Martin Devaney gave the hosts the lead, goals from Shaun Derry and Robbie Blake turned the tables before the interval.
But the home side struck twice from distance in the second half to send United tumbling back to 23rd in the Coca-Cola Championship.
"It was a big kick in the teeth," said Dennis. "I thought we'd done extremely well in first half, but in the second half we made individual mistakes and those poor mistakes cost us.
"We deserved to be in front at half-time. I was disappointed with the first goal we conceded, but we got ourselves back into it.
"I wasn't happy with the goals we conceded in the second half either, people have to get a lot closer. They know that, we were speaking for a quite a while after the game."
It was a full 40 minutes before Dennis emerged from the dressing room to face the media after the Oakwell defeat and the manager says he is under no illusions about the task ahead.
"There's a lot of things wrong," conceded the boss.
"We've got to pick them up and get them to play with confidence because at this moment there's not a lot of confidence there. And we've got to stop conceding goals.
"We're well aware of how big the job is, but it doesn't phase us. We know it's a difficult job, these players are lacking confidence and need help.
"We need fresh faces as well, but at this moment it is proving difficult. We are trying and yes, there will be some movement.
"I hope the players are just as upset as me and Gus are. I'm disappointed whenever we lose and especially in a Yorkshire derby.
"We need to pick ourselves up, do some hard work and get this team doing the right things at the right time."

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