MOT Super Fans: Controversies abound but London curse continued for Leeds v QPR
This column is part of a regular series from our panel of Leeds United Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road and Thorp Arch
Our poor form continued at the weekend with a disappointing 1-0 loss to QPR at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
It was a game shrouded in controversy.
Referee Peter Bankes came under much criticism for his performance after Nahki Wells controversially scored the only goal of the game in the first half, as he controlled the ball with both hands before firing past Casilla.
A player who always seems to score against Leeds did it again. Before this Leeds had been unlucky not to have been given a penalty with Costa going down under a challenge from left-back Lee Wallace.
Aside from the refereeing display, Leeds squandered many chances. The blame can be largely directed towards Patrick Bamford who had ample chances to score during the match.
Leeds need a striker in the transfer window to come in fast to keep him on his toes. Perhaps competition for his place will raise his performance levels again, but Leeds had no other striker options on the bench and that needs to change before Millwall next Tuesday.
Bamford saw his poor penalty saved but also missed when one on one with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Jack Harrison and Gjanni Alioski also saw wasteful headers go wide. Pablo Hernandez was unlucky from a free-kick, which struck the outside of the post.
Leeds weren’t at their best but one of these chances really ought to have been taken. QPR, who are notoriously poor defensively, saw themselves keep only their third clean sheet of the season. Just Leeds things…
Despite the referee having a shocking game, the decision which was correctly given was Kalvin Phillips’ red card. He challenged Geoff Cameron late in the match after giving the ball away cheaply. A loss of control and concentration, but more than anything his inner Leeds fan showing the frustration we all feel currently.
This was probably the biggest loss of the game despite dropping three valuable points. He now misses the next three fixtures. How big of a blow might that be?
This was the Whites’ ninth game in London under Bielsa and was their eighth loss. Leeds will be glad to see the back of these visits with a trip to Brentford in a few weeks’ time being their last match in the capital this season.
A tricky fixture against Millwall looms next at Elland Road, where Leeds are winless in three, with the Lions fairing well under Gary Rowett so far. A real test this, but the sort of game which can help us forget a run which has seen Leeds win only one of the last eight games in all competitions.
Adam Elliott is a member of the MOT Super Fans panel and provides his post-match thoughts on Leeds after every game
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