Leeds United leave BT Sport pundit in disbelief as 'inquisition' nears
Tony Dorigo couldn’t believe the lack of fight from Leeds United in the second half at West Ham and expects an “inquisition” to balloon once the final day clash with Tottenham is over.
The Whites let their fate slip out of their own hands at the London Stadium by succumbing to a meek 3-1 defeat, despite going ahead through Rodrigo.
They were pegged back by Declan Rice to go in at the break level at 1-1 but were highly disappointing in the second 45 to leave ex-Elland Road man Dorigo shocked at the performance and Sam Allardyce needing help from elsewhere on Sunday (28 May).
The BT Sport pundit said in his Yorkshire Evening Post column: “The second half needed to show what we were about and nothing happened. It was passive. I couldn’t believe it. We made changes that didn’t do a lot for the game and in the position we are in, I expected a lot more.
“I was in the press conference after the game and my ears pricked up when Allardyce said what he said about not having a centre forward. He has had time to see the squad train and play, to assess what we’ve got. This was his assessment and it’s hard to argue with that. You look back then and think how did this happen and it’s just one of the things you could look at to say we didn’t do the right things or get who we needed in January.
“The inquisition of what has happened will grow and grow once the game is over.”
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The post-mortem will need to be extensive even if Leeds United somehow squirm out of danger at the death against Spurs, because it is hard to say much has ultimately gone right this season.
Lessons were supposed to have been learned after escaping against Brentford a year ago, and yet the Whites find themselves right back there again.
The evidence on the pitch against West Ham and coming out of the mouths of Allardyce and Luke Ayling after the final whistle gave the worrying impression that they have given up the ghost already.
If Bournemouth beat Everton, Leicester don’t win against West Ham, and the Whites somehow pull one out against Ryan Mason’s Spurs it will be a massive reprieve following near-endless chaos over the second half of the season.
The problems were arguably stored up in the first half, when Jesse Marsch was backed emphatically only to be let go a week after the winter transfer window closed.
Little has truly improved since then, with even the positive signs of an uplift under Javi Gracia and a stronger defence with Max Wober in the middle have since evaporated.
Most will be going into the last game at Elland Road in hope rather than expectation, and it may already be too late after the limp surrender at the London Stadium at the weekend.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has delivered a “peculiar” verdict as talks drag on between Andrea Radrizzani and 49ers Enterprises up to the brink of relegation.