Javi Gracia struggled to give an explanation for why his Leeds United team lost to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Leeds had such a strong start to the game, scoring on a Patrick Bamford glancing header and appearing for all the world to be the team to give their survival chances a significant boost.
With ease, the Whites played through Palace in the first half and might have been out of reach if it weren’t for Sam Johnstone’s numerous saves in the Eagles’ goal.
The Londoners however, managed to tie the game on the cusp of halftime, and that turned out to be a crushing blow.
When they returned to the pitch in the second half, Crystal Palace managed to open up a 3-1 lead before Leeds could regroup.
Goals four and five sailed by them as they were shell-shocked and confined to watching.
After moving to West Yorkshire a month and a half ago, Gracia now faces his greatest obstacle.
After the game, Gracia commented, “Now we have to be really disappointed, all of us.”
“It’s something we have to feel.”
“After today, tomorrow we try to learn something from today, to train, to work, to prepare the next game and after that, the same way we forgot our win against Forest, we do it in the next week.”
When asked how big the psychological obstacle was, he responded, “This is the situation. We have to be strong, we have to keep our mentality strong and try to be confident in the work we are doing.”