By Peter Lynch

23rd May, 2023 | 9:40pm

Leeds United slammed as ‘limp’ and ‘deserving losers’ v West Ham United as Sam Allardyce verdict shared

Leeds United were “deserving losers” in their Premier League loss against West Ham on Sunday (21 May), according to journalist Alex Keble.

The Whites went ahead at the London Stadium, but the Hammers turned things around to win the encounter 3-1.

The loss leaves Sam Allardyce’s men sitting 19th in the Premier League table, two points behind Everton in 17th place with only one game left to play.

“Everton might not have enjoyed a major lift under Dyche, but another late equaliser – their third in the 89th minute or later since the beginning of April – has at least shown a fighting spirit,” Keble wrote for the official Premier League website.

“That is perhaps more than can be said about Leeds United, who were limp at West Ham and deserving losers in the first truly winnable fixture of Sam Allardyce’s short interim spell.

“Leeds’ style of football has changed under new management yet the end result is the same, and they have now gone eight Premier League matches without a win. They haven’t kept a clean sheet since February.”

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Disappointing loss

It really was a disappointing defeat for Leeds, who went into the game with a real chance of pushing away from the relegation zone given how West Ham were exhausted in the build-up to the match.

The Hammers had only just returned from a difficult night in the Netherlands, having defeated AZ Alkmaar 1-0 in the Europa Conference League semi-final second leg.

The home players were visibly tired, but the visitors could not capitalise on this at the London Stadium, despite going ahead after just 17 minutes through Rodrigo’s goal.

Allardyce’s first two matches against Manchester City and Newcastle United were always going to be extremely difficult, but the manager showed his players were up for the fight with a well-earned point against the Magpies.

The 2-2 draw against Eddie Howe’s men makes the loss to the Hammers that bit more disappointing, given how the former are flying high in the table.

In other Leeds United news, Whites loanee Joe Gelhardt has shared a message on social media with Sunderland fans after the conclusion of his spell at the Stadium of Light.