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McDermott rues Leeds' luck

Brian McDermott admits he was "devastated" following Leeds United's late 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

David Nugent's 88th-minute goal claimed all three points for the Championship leaders, but the Leeds boss felt his side were worthy of the win.

"The performance was chalk and cheese from last week but we still lost," he told Sky Sports. "They get a break right at the end, but we could've been three up at half-time.

"I said at half-time 'It's going to be a one goal game' and they just got it. They're top of the league and they got the break but we deserved to be in front, as from the first half we were much, much better.

"The players showed the character and the supporters appreciated the character shown, but we are devastated that we haven't got the result today."

Asked if he felt his side could still make a push for promotion, he said: "Of course we can make the play-offs but we must keep going and get a result against Ipswich."

Regarding further potential signings in the January transfer window, McDermott refused to reveal any major details.

He said: "Wait and see. We've spoken to someone last week so there's a possibility."

McDermott says it is imperative that the club's pending takeover by Sport Capital - a consortium led by the club's current managing director David Haigh and Andrew Flowers, the managing director of their main sponsors, Enterprise Insurance - is completed.

"I would say it is the number one priority to get that over the line," he added. "That's the most important thing. The people who are coming in to take charge of this club are spot on for it.

"The only things they think of are for the good of Leeds United."

Speaking after the game, United striker Ross McCormack was keen to put the result behind him following his miss in the first half when he was one-on-one with Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

"I will try and get it (the miss) out of my head as soon as I can," he said.

"Leicester showed they are a quality side and resilience and I fancy them to go us as champions."

Reflecting on Leeds' performance, he said: "It was a better performance (than last week), but we have got to take our chances otherwise teams like Leicester will hurt you."

However, McCormack was equally optimistic as his manager on the subject of the Yorkshire club's play-off chances, he added: "Why not? Anything can happen in this league, it's about getting the fans behind us as well."