Simon Grayson insisted he had no choice but to protect Paul Rachubka by hauling him off at half-time in Leeds hammering at the hands of Blackpool.
Rachubka made a howler in the opening period when he dropped a straightforward cross. It led to Leeds defender Tom Rees being sent off and Jonjo Shelvey scoring a penalty. The American was also arguably at fault for Pool’s other two early goals, and was jeered by large sections of the crowd.
Grayson reacted at half time by bringing on 18-year-old Alex Cairns for his debut. “The real kick in the teeth was the three mistakes Paul made, unfortunately,” said Grayson, after a result that equalled Leeds’ worst ever home defeat – when Arsenal beat them 5-0 at Elland Road almost 31 years ago.
“There’s not a lot I could say to him. He’s obviously really down but I felt I had no opportunity to keep him on. I felt for him, for the team, for the club that it was best I took him out of the limelight. Obviously his confidence was very low.”
Rachubka has suffered a chequered start to his Leeds career since first-choice keeper Andy Lonergan was sidelined with a finger injury last month.
Grayson’s previous statements of public support for the former Manchester United trainee appeared to have wavered as he discussed the prospect of a loan move ahead of Leeds trip to Leicester at the weekend.
“It’s something I have to consider for the weekend,” he said.
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