Football: Leeds feel need to go back to school.
As during last season, in former manager David O'Leary's final campaign in charge, Leeds failed to break down a team who set their stall out from the first whistle to defend at Elland Road.
Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale stated one of the final straws for O'Leary was when he watched them stifled by a Fulham team who sat back and soaked up pressure prior to delivering a decisive on-thebreak goal.
It is clear Leeds have still not learnt from the errors of their ways as they found themselves frustrated by Sunderland's suffocating 10-men-behind-the-ball tactics, with the first half a virtual non event.
Then just 28 seconds after the restart, Leeds were caught cold as Thomas Butler and Kevin Phillips set up Jason McAteer for only his third Sunderland goal.
Sunderland then defended superbly for the remainder of the second period as Leeds tried and failed to find the opening, resulting in a performance and a 1-0 scoreline akin to so many last season.
With the honeymoon over after opening wins over Manchester City and West Brom, Venables knows what needs to be done as he said: ``We've just got to keep learning. We have to overcome teams who are happy to defend.''
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Aug 29, 2002|
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