Leeds suffered their heaviest defeat of the Premier League era when Manchester City smashed them 7-0 at the Etihad.

 

Marcelo Bielsa conceded after the game that it was the worst he has seen his team play in four years and Stuart Dallas apologised to the Leeds fans after the game.

 

 

Hughes conceded that from the start of the game it was evident that the Leeds players looked nervous and were not doing the basics right at the Etihad.

 

The former Leeds star stressed that once it was clear what Manchester City wanted to do, Leeds should have tried to do something different to put some pressure back on the home side’s defence.

 

 

He insisted that Leeds should have done something to make use of Daniel James’ pace up front.

 

Hughes said on BBC Radio Leeds post match: “I think the first ten minutes dictated the start.

 

 

“A few of the players looked nervous, they didn’t stop crosses, they didn’t get near to the opponents, they didn’t touch them or even annoy them or even start faster.

 

“Even in the first ten minutes let’s just do something different, let’s turn, we have got James up front who is one of the quickest in all of European football so let’s just turn their centre-halves who don’t want to run the opposite way.

 

“Try and win the ball higher up and turn the other way, I know we have a way of playing, I know we play out but from the first minute you saw Man City’s plan, you saw how they wanted to set up traps and that happened.”

 

Leeds remain perilously close to the relegation zone and will next take on Arsenal at Elland Road on Saturday.