By Saikat Mandal

24th Aug, 2022 | 9:55pm

Danny Mills reacts to major first-half controversy in Leeds United v Barnsley

Danny Mills has suggested that the penalty awarded to Barnsley was a wrong decision as Leeds United won 3-1 at Elland Road in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday (24 August).

Leeds led 2-1 at the break, but Barnsley had a great opportunity to level the tie. Callum Styles only managed to hit the right post with a left-footed shot, although Illan Meslier appeared to have made the save.

Mills was far from impressed with the referee’s decision that suggested live on talkSPORT that it is not a penalty. If VAR was applied, it would have been ruled out.

“I’m not convinced on that. It’s not a great defending from Leeds at first place. That’s not a penalty. No way, no way,” said Mills on talkSPORT.

Poor decision

Leeds made a fantastic start with Luis Sinisterra scoring a cracking goal on his first start since joining the club in the summer. 

The ball came to him 25 yards out, and he struck it cleanly into the corner of his net. 

Mateusz Klich made it 2-0 after Sinisterra drew a foul in the penalty area. However, the Whites gave away a cheap goal and allowed the visitors to come back into the game. 

The decision to award a penalty to Barnsley was poor. Adam Forshaw did nothing and had there been a VAR check, it would have been definitely ruled out. 

After checking some replays, it also looked like Illan Meslier was at fault too as he stepped out a few yards at the time of taking a penalty. 

One can look at it and say that poetic justice has been done here. The referee made a mistake, and the penalty was wasted as well.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports journalist has dropped a £60million update on this Elland Road ace as a bid is reportedly made for him.