By David Woods

10th Feb, 2020 | 12:29pm

'Not many players do that' – Dermot Gallagher praises Leeds star after incident v Forest

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has praised Leeds United defender Gjanni Alioski after an incident in the game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. 

Gallagher was tasked at looking at two potential penalty shouts for Forest on Sky Sports on Monday but dismissed both of them.

The first came in the first half when Liam Cooper tangled with Joe Worrall in his own penalty box.

Worrall went down but the referee waved play on.

Talking on Ref Watch on Sky Sports (Monday, 11.30am), Gallagher said that was the correct decision.

“When you look at it he’s leaning back, so as he’s leaning back he’s fallen onto the player and that’s what’s convinced the ref it shouldn’t be a penalty,” Gallagher said. “I don’t think it’s a penalty.”

The second incident came in the second half when Alioski brought Matty Cash down and in real-time this looked a lot worse.

However, replays showed Alioski getting a touch on the ball and it turned out to be a really good decision by the referee, Oliver Langford.

Gallagher was effusive about Alioski when he looked at the incident.

“He gets the ball the first time,” Gallagher said. “The second one the referee gives a goal kick. This is a great view. He gets the ball and flicks it away.

“When it comes back in he gets the ball again. He’s done extremely well there, he’s made three tackles in 10 seconds. Not many players do that.”

Referee Langford came in for a lot of stick ahead of the game from Leeds fans, but he put in a decent performance and got all the key decisions right.

That wasn’t enough to save Leeds though and after using the referee as an excuse for some past results, the players had to take Saturday’s result on the chin.

Down to a man the performances weren’t good enough and Leeds now have to pick themselves up for the game against Brentford at Griffin Park tomorrow.

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