By George Overhill

27th Feb, 2022 | 6:30am

Glenn Hoddle unable to understand referee's decision that cost Leeds United

Glenn Hoddle was amazed that Leeds United were denied a penalty for the second game running, denying them a chance to get back into the game.

Mateusz Klich appeared to pushed over on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area by goalscorer Dejan Kulusevski midway through the second half, but despite Luke Ayling’s protests referee Craig Pawson was unmoved.

Trailing 3-0 at the time, it could have represented the Whites’ best opportunity to get back into the game, but like with the apparent foul on Dan James at Anfield, nothing was given.

Speaking on the BT Sport match broadcast, the former Spurs manager said: “Yeah there’s a little push there. Kulusevski, definite. Definitely pushed him, in the penalty area for me.”

Summing up United’s fortunes of late, commentator Darren Fletcher added: “No check for VAR at all.”

Bad to worse

Nothing went Leeds’ way during the latest heavy defeat, one which heaped further misery on everyone around the club.

The same old problems were evident in defence as the team was cut through with ease in the eventual 4-0 loss.

Pascal Struijk headed what would have been the ideal start off target before the three first half replies from Spurs.

The home side hit the post twice, and wasted various other chances themselves, as they managed to give the supporters nothing to cheer.

Even after the penalty appeals had been ignored James put a good opportunity wide, and Stuart Dallas managed to pass up a glorious chance, dallying so long that the visiting defence got back to block when an open goal had been gaping following a Hugo Lloris error.

The team aren’t making any luck for themselves currently and they aren’t receiving any assistance from referees or anywhere else either.

It is hard to see anything positive to cling to at the moment amid a brutal run of form.

Something has to change drastically or relegation is a serious prospect.

In other Leeds United news, Jake Humphrey had a go at Leeds fans prior to the game.