Leeds’ torrid run continued on Friday night with a 1-0 defeat at Villa Park, and fans are furious with defender Matthew Pennington’s performance.
Despite a somewhat spirited performance in the second half, Leeds fans were yet again left disappointed on Friday night, as their side’s lifeless first half performance made life easy for Aston Villa.
Leeds have won just twice since Paul Heckingbottom arrived, and although scoring goals has been a problem, the side’s soft centre and leaky defence has infuriated fans perhaps more than anything else.
Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper have been far from perfect this season, but nonetheless their injuries are a massive loss, as Heckingbottom was forced to start the young pairing of Matthew Pennington and Paudie O’Connor on Friday.
While the inexperienced O’Connor has drawn plenty of plaudits since his emergence last week, fans are blasting Pennington for his performance.
The 23 year-old, on loan from Everton, hasn’t even come close to what fans expected from a Premier league defender, and his weaknesses were magnified on Friday when Lewis Grabban comfortably rose above him to head home the winner.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
You've got to hand it to Pennington; two Academy defenders with a collective first team experience running to 4 and a half hours, a mediocre winger and the youngest active keeper in the division, and he's still the weakest link at the back.
— Adam J (@Ken_DeMange) April 13, 2018
Pennington makes Liam Cooper look like Franco Baresi #lufc
— Martin Atkin (@MrMartinAtkin) April 13, 2018
Too many people let Pennington off. Just because he's got a good attitude and all that doesn't cover up the fact that he's shocking.
— 🙂 (@Max_LUFC) April 14, 2018
Embarrassing defending that.
— Rich (@southeastlower) April 14, 2018
Worst defender we have ever had 🙄👎
— Boycie (@MrCee6) April 15, 2018
Based on his performance he clearly was still injured 😂
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) April 15, 2018
I’ll put myself forward but don’t mean I’m good enough! Pennington was bloody dreadful AGAIN!
— ShadyDealer (@Shadydealer) April 15, 2018