Two huge misses marked the second half of the game between Leeds United and Luton on Tuesday night.
First Patrick Bamford and then Helder Costa missed easy headers to secure the three points – the big debate in the MOT Leeds News office was which was worse.
After the game, both players complained about the floodlights at Elland Road – a remarkable excuse that we’ve not heard of at Elland Road before.
Talking in his post-match press conference, Bielsa said the misses were “strange”.
Leeds have now responded and brushed off any complaints about the floodlights – and there have been no changes made to them from earlier in the season.
A report in the Mail quoted Leeds as saying the misses were coincidental and that no one had ever complained about the floodlights before.
The report says they’re sure that the floodlights were not the issue and that they’re in full working order, although an upgrade is planned for the Premier League.
It means that blame can now be apportioned and laid directly at the doors of the two players.
Bamford has missed a lot of big chances this season – 10 more than any other player in the Championship as of June 23. That number will have gone up now.
Patrick Bamford has missed 27 'big chances' so far this season for Leeds, 10 more than any other player..
TWENTY. SEVEN. 🤯🤯🤯
They'd probably have won the league by now with a decent striker 😂 pic.twitter.com/bkBpPdWdxP
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 23, 2020
Costa has been wasteful in front of goal too.
He had three shots in the game against Luton and didn’t get any on target. This season he’s got an xG of 6.45 and scored just four goals.
Meanwhile, teams like Cardiff are outscoring their xG against Leeds on a consistent basis. Leeds had an xG of over two in that game and scored none. Cardiff’s was 0.32.
It was so bad it led a data analyst to comment on it saying it created a result so unfair it’s rare to see.
We rarely see a fairness rating much below 50 based on the xG of chances created and allowed. Take a bow #LUFC creating 2 xG, allowing next to nothing in return and still managing to lose 2-0. https://t.co/yM7oI03qXe
— mark taylor (@MarkTaylor0) June 22, 2020
We can joke about it if we get promoted – and it looks like Leeds will go on to win automatic promotion in spite of the missed chances.
But the players need to step up and take the blame – and leave the floodlights alone. A goal each against Blackburn would be an acceptable way of making things up.
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