By Craig Scott

28th Dec, 2022 | 8:45pm

Ally McCoist slams Marc Roca after what he did in first half of Leeds United v Manchester City

Ally McCoist slammed Marc Roca for a poor clearing header that almost led to Leeds United conceding an opener against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Jesse Marschs’ side frustrated the Elland Road visitors, limiting the clear-cut chances they created in the first half.

One of the most significant chances came when Roca, 26, failed to clear his lines, leading to Jack Grealish missing an absolute sitter at the back post.

McCoist believes Grealish should have done better but believes Roca was at fault for creating the opportunity for City.

“That’s a big chance,” said McCoist on Amazon’s live coverage of the game on Wednesday night (28 December, 08:32pm).

“It’s not a good header by Marc Roca, it really isn’t. In fact, it’s a poor header, it’s straight to Rodri.

“The ball comes to Mahrez, great delivery in, he’s (Grealish) well onside, Kristensen takes his eye off [the ball].

“Grealish is at the back post. It’s a chance. Does he go for it with his wrong foot? It could’ve been a left foot or a head.”


Leeds did well in that first half despite being a goal down.

While they did next to nothing in the attack, they defended well and up until Rodri’s goal, on the rare occasion the defence was breached, goalkeeper Illan Meslier stepped up.

Meslier has played a blinder against Erling Haaland so far so let’s hope he can keep that up and continue to frustrate the Norwegian in the second half.

It’ll be an unlikely point if Leeds grab something here.

Man City are bossing possession and are creating way more chances.

There just always seems to be an individual error within our squad that leads to an opposition team scoring.

Roca’s poor clearing header that only went as far as Man City’s Rodri was a good example of that while Rasmus Kristensen’s bad defending at the far post allowed Grealish to get an effort towards goal.

Luckily, Birmingham’s most-famous diver made a hash of his chance – and it wasn’t his only one either.

Grealish seems more bothered about flailing around on the deck than scoring goals.

Long may it continue.

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal a big update on Stuart Dallas’ recovery from his fractured femur.