By Craig Scott

30th Nov, 2021 | 10:40pm

Ally McCoist slams Rodrigo after what happened in Leeds United v Crystal Palace

Ally McCoist slammed Rodrigo after the Leeds United forward squandered a golden opportunity to score against Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

Rodrigo was substituted into the game at half-time and should have at least tested Palace’s goalkeeper when he failed to get a shot at goal when Daniel James played a ball into him.

After James’ pass, Rodrigo seemed to try and round Vicente Guaita instead of having a shot and McCoist struggled to understand why he didn’t have an attempt at scoring.

“I don’t know why he doesn’t hit it, I think he tries to gather it,” McCoist said on Amazon Prime’s live coverage on Tuesday night.

“I’ve got to say, what a pass this is by Raphinha. Could [James] have given it him the first time with his left foot? I think he could you know.

“[Rodrigo is] onside, he tries to take a touch around the goalkeeper instead of hitting it first time.

“The pass from Raphinha was outstanding and I think James could have given it him first time.

“However, Rodrigo should still have done better.”

McCoist added several minutes later: “I still think he could give him that first time with his left foot – I really do.

“Then [Rodrigo] takes a really heavy touch. Once the ball comes back, he’s just got to meet it.

“The pace of the ball makes it very difficult for him to take a touch and take it around the goalkeeper.”

No good

If there was a game that screamed for Patrick Bamford to return from injury, it’s this one.

Leeds created a fair bit throughout the 90 minutes as they dominated the possession and peppered Guaita’s goal with shots.

Rodrigo had the best chance of them all in open play when he failed to have a shot at goal when James played it into him.

As McCoist said, James could have passed that first time but the winger still played a decent enough ball into the Spain striker, who should have scored.

We have no idea why he thought he could touch the ball around the goalkeeper at that point when clearly, a snapshot at goal would have more than likely beaten the Palace goalkeeper if it had enough power and had a good angle on it.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville blasted this Elland Road chief after he was left fuming with an official tweet by the club.