Ally McCoist claims Luke Ayling was lucky to not get sent off as Leeds United won 2-1 against Sheffield United at Elland Road on Saturday.
After Jack Harrison had put the Whites ahead, Ben Osborn equalised for the Blades in first-half stoppage time.
Osborn’s goal was awarded by goal-line technology as Ayling had cleared the ball away from goal.
However, upon watching the replay, it was clear the Leeds right-back was well behind the goal line when he made the clearance.
According to McCoist, the ball also hit Ayling’s hand so the co-commentator claims that Ayling is lucky he wasn’t on the line otherwise he would have been sent off.
Speaking on Amazon’s live coverage on Saturday after the goal went in, McCoist said: “I’ve got to say it’s a well-worked goal.
“Leeds have had the majority of the play but how many times have we seen it? But you keep yourself in the game.
“Oh, not even close. Mind you, I was right with the handball also. But the good news for him is he’s three yards behind the line and he doesn’t get sent off.”
Look again, Mr McCoist
While it’s all a bit of a moot point, we don’t see how Ayling was in any danger of getting sent off even if the ball didn’t cross the line.
Below is a still image of what Amazon’s coverage used while McCoist was saying the ball hit Ayling’s hand.
As you can see it doesn’t.
Even if the ball did hit Ayling’s hand, was his arm in an unnatural position? Absolutely not. Obsorn, if anything, kicked the ball at Ayling at the top of his leg around his hip area.
But, anyway, it doesn’t matter now.
Sheffield United got their goal and ruined our clean sheet but we still won all three points and Premier League safety is pretty much confirmed now with the Whites holding over 40 points.
Ayling probably could have done better though to stop that goal.
He charged back to defend the back post and cover Illan Meslier if the ball crept past him or made it’s way to someone else in the box.
Why’s Ayling standing behind the line? Why wasn’t he on the line? He should have done better really but we’re not going to criticise him. He played well on Saturday and deserved to be in a winning side.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have missed out on a player they want to sign due to Brexit.