By Sean Fisher

20th Oct, 2022 | 10:45pm

Phil Hay rips into 'soft' Leeds United for Leicester performance that led to the 'inevitable'

Leeds United crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Thursday evening after an own-goal from Robin Koch and a neat finish from Harvey Barnes.

Leeds endured a nightmare start to Thursday night’s match against the Foxes and gave themselves a mountain to climb if they were to end their streak of six winless matches, which they clearly didn’t.

Journalist Phil Hay took to Twitter to criticise Leeds’ first-half showing in particular, with the side’s defending particularly coming under fire.

“Goals conceded – so soft. The chances Leeds turned up – not taken. Leading to an inevitable scoreline,” wrote Hay.

Night and day

After such a promising performance against Arsenal on the weekend, Leeds looked a shadow of themselves against Leicester on Thursday night.

Of course, it’s not always easy to pick up points on the road, but playing 20th-placed Leicester at the time seemed like a huge opportunity for Leeds to pick up a much-needed three points.

However, the team looks flat and uninterested for much of the first half against Leicester. Creativity wasn’t an issue, with Brenden Aaronson and Cryscencio Summerville consistently finding spaces and passes, but composure was once again lacking in front of goal.

It’ll be a real concern for Jesse Marsch to see his side go from playing really well against the Gunners to looking lost against Leicester. A seventh game without a win would spell a big problem and generate a lot of questions about Marsch and his players.

This Leeds side look as though their confidence is being drained as each match ticks by. Marsch has a big job on his hands to turn things around.

In other Leeds United news, transfer target Ollie Watkins is likely to consider a move to Premier League rivals