By George Overhill

25th Apr, 2022 | 10:40pm

Chris Sutton disgusted by 'pathetic' Rodrigo effort in Leeds United stalemate with Crystal Palace

Chris Sutton could not contain his disdain for Leeds United forward Rodrigo’s effort in a challenge with Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace.

The pair contested a loose ball not long after half time, but the Spanish forward showed so little commitment to the tackle that he easily allowed the Eagles star to win the ball and have an attempt on goal.

In the event he blazed it over, but in a tight game that finished goalless it could have been the difference, and on the match commentary Sutton was disgusted by the attempt from the Whites man.

“I’ve got to say it’s a pathetic challenge from Rodrigo, 50-50 with Zaha. He pulls out, does Rodrigo,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live emphasising the word “pathetic” much as he could and expressing disbelief that Rodrigo had done what he did.

“Zaha chops on his inside and lashes the ball wildly over the bar,” he added.

Disappointing

It was a scrappy and bad tempered night at Selhurst Park where neither side performed to their best.

The 16-day gap since the win over Watford may have contributed to below-par showings from a number of Leeds players.

Rodrigo has been somewhat of a revelation under Jesse Marsch, flourishing to the point of looking like the player the club hoped he would be when they made him their record signing, but this was poor.

Important goals at Molineux and Vicarage Road have been telling contributions in the unbeaten run that has given United the advantage in the relegation battle.

But in the time between the past two Whites games Burnley have played four times.

The first one of those was the 2-0 loss to Norwich that saw Sean Dyche sacked, but the subsequent three without him have produced a run of seven points that, much like it did for Leeds, has spring-boarded them back into contention for survival.

Now three points behind and with a far superior goal-difference the pressure is back on Jesse Marsch’s side suddenly.

Whether Everton have a similar revival in them is more questionable currently, but there is once again little room for error after tonight’s messy effort.

In other Leeds United news, the “stupidity” of one Whites man unearthed a growing discipline issue for him at Selhurst Park.