By Saikat Mandal

5th Feb, 2023 | 4:30pm

Tim Sherwood and Shaun Wright-Phillips tear Luke Ayling to shreds in Leeds United loss v Nottingham Forest

Tim Sherwood and Shaun Wright-Phillips were left unimpressed with the contribution of Luke Ayling who was partly at fault for the opening goal Leeds United conceded against Nottingham Forest in their 1-0 Premier League defeat at City ground on Sunday (5 February).

The Whites enjoyed loads of possession and created some very good chances, but they fell behind from a set-piece yet again. With this result, the Whites are still without a win in the Premier League after the World Cup.

Brennan Johnson scored the goal for the home in the 14th minute but Ayling’s position in the incident was criticized by both Sherwood and Wright-Phillips.

“When you’ve that much control in the game, you need your defence to concentrate all the time,” said Wright-Phillips on Premier League Tv Productions (5 February, 2.53 pm).

“They didn’t do that and that’s why they are 1-0 down. Luke Ayling from the set-piece fell asleep, lost control of his man and didn’t see him again before the ball is kicked.”

“Ayling at the backpost, I’ve no idea… he can’t see Johnson, that’s perfect. Then he takes a look towards the goalkeeper. I have no idea why he did that. Now he has to get 10 yards back,” said Sherwood.

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Unless the defence is improved, Leeds cannot progress.

Time and time again this season, the Whites have conceded goals from set-pieces, and yet they haven’t learnt from their mistakes. 

Jesse Marsch looks confident that the Whites won’t be in the relegation battle, but clearly, the stats say otherwise. 

With just two wins in 17 games, five points away from home all season, this is pathetic to watch. 

The board has backed the manager with funds in the transfer market, but there is hardly any improvement in terms of results. 

In terms of playing style, it looks fantastic, but unless they learn to pick up wins, they can’t move ahead. 

In the first half, Leeds created better opportunities but in the second half, they were pretty flat. In fact, the best chance fell to the home side, and it could have been 2-0. 

Marsch has now got the players to win matches, but he looks clueless at the moment about how to get a win.

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