Leeds United were punished for basic mistakes at both ends of the pitch as they continued the London hoodoo with a 2-0 defeat against West Ham United at the London Stadium. Goals from Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson were enough for the Hammers as they continue their chase for the top four.
Leeds started well, and had two goals disallowed in the first six minutes. The first one saw a Stuart Dallas cross flicked by Patrick Bamford to Helder Costa, his pull back found Tyler Roberts who finished well. Costa was given offside but much like a few decisions this season - he looked level. Soon after, Bamford tucked home a Raphinha cross, but the ball had already gone out of play, this one was not contentious.
7' Erm... yeah! ♂️ Roberts has the ball in the back of the net, but apparently the tip of Costa's knee is offside. 0-0— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 8, 2021
Leeds had all the play early on, but then Leeds were punished for a needless mistake. Jesse Lingard ran at the defenders and Luke Ayling made a poor challenge to give away a penalty. Lingard took the penalty himself, poorly, and it was saved by Meslier, but he could only push it back to Lingard who scored the rebound.
It was 2-0 soon after, and Leeds being unlucky was done at this point. A corner was swung in by Aaron Cresswell, Craig Dawson had a completely free run to head home unmarked. It was a very poor goal to concede. Dawson hit the post from another corner later in the half. Far too simple a move to allow that level of problems to be caused.
Leeds have now conceded 11 headed goals this season, more than any other Premier League side.— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) March 8, 2021
That was also our 10th goal conceded from corner set-pieces in 2020/21.
Eighth penalty conceded this campaign by Leeds.
Set-piece hell. David Moyes heaven. #LUFC
Much like the first half, Leeds started the second half well. Patrick Bamford missed a great chance and Raphinha had an overhead kick tipped over by Lukasz Fabianski, before Pablo Fornals hit the bar with a screamer from 30+ yards.
Leeds had all the play for the rest of the half including Bamford missing an absolute sitter from eight yards out and Craig Dawson had to make a goal line clearance, but they couldn’t get the goal that may have made things interesting.
Not sure we learned much from that. Probably Roberts swan song as a starter. Same frailties at the back, same weaknesses up front. And yet you could argue a point was there for the taking second half.— Andy P (@ArcticReviews) March 8, 2021
Illan Meslier - Saved the penalty and therefore unfortunate that the rebound was scored - although the penalty was so poor that he will probably feel he could have done better with it. Poor on the second goal, tried to come for the corner but just wasn’t strong enough, and the angle he tried to come at he wouldn’t have got it anyway - although Llorente was the main man at fault for that goal. Did far better with the next two corners which he was able to stop the danger. Fine in the second half. 6.5/10
Luke Ayling - Poor challenge to give away the penalty, just stuck a leg out, not good defending at all. Not good on the second goal either. Much better in the second half. 5/10
Llorente and Ayling completely befuddled by a simple switch around. It's so bad. #lufc— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) March 8, 2021
Diego Llorente - Let Dawson get a run on him far too easily for the second goal, very poor defending, and happened on more than just that goal. Tremendous through ball to put Bamford through on goal for one he should have scored early in the second half. 5/10
Liam Cooper - Best player defensively by a distance for Leeds. 7/10
Stuart Dallas - Not much to say about the first half at left-back. Did ok. Made a massive difference when moved into midfield for the second half. Needs to start there in the next match. 7/10
Kalvin Phillips - Nice to have him back and he did alright. Wasn’t at his best though. Level will increase now he is back playing and the two midfielders in front of him didn’t help. 6/10
Helder Costa - Unlucky to be given offside early on when coming up with a good assist for Tyler Roberts. Quiet after that. 5/10
Mateusz Klich - Miles off the pace in the first half, didn’t think he would make half-time. 3.5/10
Tyler Roberts - Good finish early on but denied by an offside call. After that, couldn’t come up with another positive influence he had on the game - and there were a lot of negatives. Made it to the hour mark but had no influence on the second half either. 4/10
Yeah, don’t think Roberts is seeing the second half is he.— Right In The Gary Kellys (@RITGK) March 8, 2021
Having what is known in the industry, as a mare... #lufc
Raphinha - Not at his best in the first half, second half started strongly with him running at players and having efforts at goal. Looked the biggest threat as usual. Should have had an assist when he put one on a plate for Bamford. 6.5/10
Patrick Bamford - Tucked one in well early on the ball was already out of play. Missed a great chance early in the second half after a Llorente pass. Missed an absolute sitter with 15 minutes to go. Has been a while but a performance reminiscent of the bad days we saw at times in the Championship. 5/10
Ezgjan Alioski (for Mateusz Klich, HT) - Good pull back to set up a chance for Raphinha. Lots of energy up and down the left side. 6.5/10
Jack Harrison (for Costa, HT) - More involved than the man he replaced. Not his best day but I would put him back in the starting line-up. 6/10
Rodrigo (for Roberts, 60mins) - Quiet, but much more involved than Klich/Roberts. 5.5/10