By Pranav Shahaney

2nd Nov, 2022 | 6:40pm

Jeff Stelling fumes after Leeds United footage emerges from under-21 clash v Crewe

Jeff Stelling was not a fan of the officiating in the penalty shootout that saw Leeds United under-21s lose to Crewe Alexandra.

The two sides squared off on Tuesday night and the game was goalless after regulation time before Crewe won 2-1 on penalties.

Sky Sports took a swipe at the quality of penalties taken as most of the players that stepped up failed to find the back of the net.

Stelling replied on Twitter, “And the worst officiating. Keeper almost on the pen spot for the last one.”

Shocking

There is literally a linesman standing there whose job is to look at the goalkeeper and ensure that he’s on his line for that one.

It’s baffling how he does not see the keeper stepping up ahead of the shot even being taken as it gives him an unfair advantage.

In terms of the quality of penalties, it’s clearly not up to the level of Jesse Marsch or even the under-21s coaches and work needs to be put on the training ground.

Even Patrick Bamford missed a penalty against Arsenal for the senior side so it appears to be a problem that needs to be addressed quickly.

Hopefully, the senior players that played in this game know that they’ve got to work on many things if they are to be considered for the first team.

This was a learning curve in more ways than one for them and we’re hoping to see some improvements in the coming weeks before the World Cup.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard last month.