By Kealan Hughes

9th Mar, 2021 | 1:00pm

Tony Cascarino and Max Rushden cannot believe Leeds did not beat West Ham

Leeds United fell to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham but talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino was amazed by what he saw from the Whites.

His talkSPORT colleague Max Rushden shared that sentiment in a tweet at full-time, hinting that West Ham were fortunate winners.

The game could have been a lot different if VAR had not ruled out a Tyler Roberts strike for what must be the tightest offside call this season.

Patrick Bamford also had chances to get Leeds back into the game but his wayward finishing let him down.

Commenting on the game for talkSPORT’s breakfast show (09/03, 08:14:25), Cascarino said, “Watching Leeds last night was extraordinary, how they lost the game I don’t know but they did.”

Leeds had 17 shots on Monday yet just two on target, which tells its own story.

The result may have been a lot different if Marcelo Bielsa’s side were more clinical in the attacking final third.

Rushden added, “Leeds should probably have scored around 8 tonight.”

Finding a solution

Leeds shot themselves in the foot at the London Stadium by conceding two goals far too easily.

There was no need for Luke Ayling to trip Jesse Lingard for the penalty and Illan Meslier was caught in no man’s land from a corner that resulted in Craig Dawson’s header.

That meant we faced an uphill struggle in the second half.

We still performed well against a stubborn and organised West Ham side, and tested a team that could be heading for European qualification.

We should take heart from that, but it is concerning that we were so wasteful in front of goal.

If we are to improve next season it is an area that must be addressed in the close season.

Adding a striker to the squad who is capable of impacting matches from the bench is vital.

For too long we have relied on Bamford to score the goals, and when he has an off day – as he did on Monday – we need a reliable alternative to call upon.

In other Leeds United news, Bielsa’s continued faith in one Whites player backfired once more against West Ham.