Our defending is weak says Luhukay

Jos Luhukay has called for a vast improvement in Wednesday’s “weak defending” after conceding another four goals at QPR in midweek.

We have failed to keep clean sheet in the last 11 matches – after not conceding in Luhukay’s first three games in charge – and the manager said on Thursday: “We are too weak in our defending in our own area.

“I am not happy with the goals we conceded on Tuesday, it cannot happen so easy that we are too passive in our own dangerous area and I mean the last 20-25 metres. We are not consistent, not aggressive enough to clear from our own area.”

He added: “We are not happy about the situation and concede easy goals. We know we have a problem with defending and blocking crosses and to defend at the second post.

“We are too passive in important moments, we must be more active in one-against-ones and to win these in our own area.

“It is not a question of systems or tactics but will I go the last metre to win the one-against-one or to get in the one-against-one and to block the crosses.

“That is what we must do better and the players know this.”

Luhukay said he is hoping to see a clean sheet on Saturday – against a Hull side who have scored nine goals in their last two matches – and added that he will not be experimenting with line-ups in the last four games.

He said he must respect the fans and give them something back in the closing weeks: “We are professionals and we must try to win every game with the best team that is available.”