Stuart Dallas has rubbished suggestions Leeds United are suffering from ‘second season syndrome after a slow start to the campaign.
The Whites‘ 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, leaves them with two points from their opening four Premier League matches.
Back-to-back draws with Everton and Burnley have been bookended with defeats against Manchester United and the Reds.
It’s a run that leaves Leeds winless and has seen some supporters of rival clubs suggesting the Whites could follow a similar fate of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United in going from a great debut season to a relegation fight.
However, despite their early-season struggles, Dallas has dismissed claims Leeds could succumb to a fate that has become associated with newly-promoted sides in their second season.
“People tend to say that but it doesn’t have to be,” Dallas said.
“A lot of people say that. It’s easy to say that now, looking after four games we’ve got two points, it’s easy for people to say that the second season’s always difficult.
“We’ve had a tough start to the season, there’s no getting away from that.
“We’ve got to start turning our performances into wins and hopefully that’ll start next Friday at Newcastle.
“Of course a heavy defeat is never good, it’s important that we use the performance.
“We won’t change but we’ve got to be better at what we do. We’ve got to try and improve and be better.
“We can learn a lot from this, we can, but at the minute we’re really really disappointed with the result.”