By George Overhill

27th Aug, 2022 | 6:11pm

Sky Sports pundit baffled by Leeds United winger Luis Sinisterra miss in loss v Brighton

Leeds United winger baffled Michael Dawson with a miss as the club lost their first game of the season on the south coast against Brighton.

A golden opportunity fell to the Colombian immediately after he came on as a second half substitute for Dan James, when Purvis Estupinan skewed a clearance towards his own back post but the Whites attacker could only send it wide from close range.

With the scores level at 0-0 and Pascal Gross putting the Seagulls ahead with the only goal of the game soon after it was a major turning point in a tight game.

Speaking live on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (27 August, 4.23pm) Dawson said to Jeff Stelling: “It was one of the substitutes Jeff. Dan James went off, Luis Sinisterra came on. Instantly it was an opportunity.

“Aaronson was running down the right, they get very fortunate, he gets into the box and it’s Estupinan, he goes to make a tackle and it rebounds towards the back post.

“Sinisterra, you think he’s got a tap in from three yards. He goes with his right foot, slides, and puts it the wrong side of the post. How he misses I’m not too sure.

“He collides with the post, it’s his first touch of the game and it could have made it 1-0. How he missed I’m not too sure.”

Fine margins

The performance was nowhere near the heights of the glorious victory over Chelsea a week ago, but things could have been very different had this chance been taken with the game goalless.

It was a sliding doors moment as the home side took the lead minutes later and never relinquished it, allowing them to bypass United in the Premier League table.

Only Sinisterra will know how he managed not to hit the target, and had the chance fallen too him after he had had a chance to get up to the speed of the match perhaps he would have done.

The loss was undoubtedly a disappointment after such a strong start to the season, but it was going to come at some point and Brighton have proven themselves to be formidable opposition already.

Manager Jesse Marsch wasn’t pleased with the referee or how his players followed the game plan, while key absences such as Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford felt more telling at the Amex than they had at Elland Road last week.

It has still been a very strong start from the Whites, especially in light of how last season ended, but there needs to be a quick improvement after what was clearly a down day.

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