Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe blasted Mateusz Klich after the Leeds United midfielder missed his first penalty attempt against West Ham.

After Patrick Bamford was fouled in the penalty by Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, Klich stood up to take the spot-kick but his initial effort was saved by his Poland team-mate.

Klich’s effort was tame and easily held by Fabianski but fortunately, the midfielder’s blushes were spared as Fabianski was no more than a centimetre off his line when the penalty was struck.

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Klich stepped up to retake his penalty and with Fabianski rooted to the spot due to the incredibly harsh law on goalkeeper’s, the Leeds star managed to score.

However, after the first penalty was saved, ex-Sheffield Wednesday player Hinchcliffe tore into Klich for his ridiculously soft spot-kick.

Speaking in co-commentary on Sky Sports Main Event on Friday night, Hinchcliffe said: “Such a poor penalty. He could have put more on it than this.

“Fabianski reads it but there’s not enough pace on the ball to take it past the goalkeeper.

“I know it’s early in the game but this is incredibly poor. You’ve got to put more pace on it and drill it towards the corner to beat the ‘keeper.”

Klich bailed out by harsh ruling

If you look at that rule about goalkeeper’s being marginally off their line without being biased then you have to admit it’s harsh.

If it was Illan Meslier who saw a penalty save chalked off we’d feel gutted as it’s really not fair on goalkeepers.

Penalties are already heavily weighted against goalkeepers so why make it even harder for them to save spot-kicks?

Klich’s first penalty was awful. He didn’t deserve to get on the scoresheet in all honesty.

Did Fabianski moving a tiny bit off his line make him save that? Absolutely not. He saved it because Klich’s attempt was – as Hinchcliffe put it – incredibly poor.

Leeds didn’t deserve to go ahead and didn’t deserve anything out of that 2-1 defeat on Friday.

It’ll be a busy week at Thorp Arch to address what was one of the worst displays of the season by the Whites.

In other Leeds United news, Emma Jones silenced Robbie Savage as he was about to make a shock relegation claim about the Whites.


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