Sky Sports journalist Jeff Stelling has issued a grovelling apology to Leeds United fans for his reaction to Stuart Dallas’ winner versus Manchester City on Saturday.

Host of the popular ‘Soccer Saturday’ show Stelling was up in arms after the Northern Ireland international slotted a late winner past Ederson to secure a shock 2-1 win for the Whites at the Etihad Stadium.

He said on Sky Sports [via Football Daily Twitter], “Talk about smash and grab, talk about daylight robbery, it’s just happened in broad daylight at the Etihad [Stadium].”

Stelling must have been inundated with messages from Leeds fans, or used some time to reflect on his words, as he issued an apology six hours later.

On his personal Twitter profile, he wrote: “Daylight robbery was of course the wrong expression re Leeds, so apologies to their fans. I was just gobsmacked that they won it in that way – hence the scream! And Dallas – what finishes they were!”

Whites deserve more credit

We reckon we can forgive Stelling for his indiscretions and momentary slight to the Whites – it was a stunning moment and, in all honesty, not one we could have foreseen after Liam Cooper’s first-half red card left us on the canvas against Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side.

Our defending was resolute and stout, but against a side that had won 28 of their last 29 games, it appeared inevitable that they would claim all three points when Ferran Torres cancelled out a first-half opener from Dallas.

But a breakaway in the dying embers of the match saw the popular 29-year-old stun the league leaders and secure victory.

That was only our second shot of the match and it meant we scored with both of our efforts, compared to the one in 29 attempts City mustered [WhoScored].

So if you go off merely statistics Stelling’s claim isn’t quite so ludicrous, but with context applied, of a newly-promoted club holding firm against one of, if not the, most expensively-assembled squads in world football, then the argument loses some weight.

Given the home side only managed to get seven of their shots on target, against a team who were playing a man down for over half the game, the Whites were good value for the victory.

In other Leeds United news, three things we learned from shock Whites win v Man City.


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