There was an air of expectancy when the team news was released today but the excitement was sucked out of the Leeds fans when they saw new striker signing Jean-Kevin Augustin wasn’t even on the bench.

Marcelo Bielsa had said it would take him time to adapt and no one walks into his Leeds side but we were still expecting him to feature.

As it was it was an unchanged line-up to face Wigan, the team that put the first nail in Leeds’ promotion coffin last season.

It meant Luke Ayling on the right of a back four and he was the weakest link in a Leeds first 45 that saw us dominate and fail to score again.

Twice Ayling tried to usher a ball out for a goal kick and ended up conceding corners – and Leeds have really struggled to deal with set-pieces this season.

One fan said that he wanted to see Stuart Dallas there as soon as Kalvin Phillips is back – this is the second game of his three-match suspension.

Leeds were unlucky not to take the lead early on with Jack Harrison smashing his shot against the post after twinkling his way through the Wigan defence.

The rest of the half was a case of same old, as Leeds dominated with around 70% possession, created lots of chances and went in to talk to Bielsa goalless, with Harrison missing an absolute sitter after 35 minutes.

If the game carries on 0-0 for much longer the fans are going to start getting nervous.

Meantime, here are the best reactions to Luke Ayling’s poor first half:

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