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. 

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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.