Derby County’s Craig Bryson has told The Telegraph that they were given a lesson when they lost 4-1 to Leeds United yesterday.

The Rams were hoping to follow up their win against Reading last week with another victory but ended up being one of the early victims of Marcelo Bielsa’s new look Leeds as they lost 4-1 to the Whites. Mateusz Klich gave Leeds the lead with an impressive 20-yard effort though Derby did equalise quickly through Tom Lawrence, following up last week’s goal. That’s where the good news ended for Derby. Leeds took complete control from there on with a brace from Kemar Roofe giving them a commanding lead before Ezgjan Alioski put the cherry on top to make it 4-1.

Bryson admitted that they weren’t good enough and the players were not able to execute the plan head coach Frank Lampard had laid out for them before the match. He also went on to say that Bielsa’s Leeds gave them a lesson in football during the match.

He said: “We came up with a plan to try to stop them, but I don’t think we carried out the plan the way the gaffer wanted us to,”

“I think we were just beaten by the better team. They were a bit brighter, a bit sharper than us, probably in all departments.”

“It’s a lesson. We’ve got quite a few young players in the team and a new manager bringing in new ideas, so it will take a bit of time.”

Derby County will hope to bounce back on Tuesday night when they face Oldham Athletic in a Carabao Cup fixture.


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