Leeds’ performance against Nottingham Forest on Saturday has to go down as one of their worst of the season.
The Whites had just one shot on target as they lost 2-0 to their promotion rivals at the City Ground, and there were a number of poor performances that need dissecting.
Indeed, Stuart Dallas had the tough task of dealing with Sammy Ameobi after he switched to the left flank early on to face off against the right-back, and to put it bluntly, he had a torrid time trying to deal with the winger.
The numbers tell the whole story.
Ameobi’s 6 foot 4 frame was always going to hand him a physical advantage over Dallas, and he won four aerial duels while the Northern Irishman didn’t win a single one.
Of course, winning headers isn’t everything for a full-back, but there were so many other areas where the £1.8m-rated defender was lacking.
The most telling issue is that Dallas didn’t do enough to stop the 27-year-old’s opening goal of the game, and in all actuality, he didn’t manage to do very much to stifle the winger – failing to block a single shot in the entire match.
Ameobi’s pace and power were causing the 28-year-old an abundance of problems, and a lot of the time he had no choice but to foul him, picking up a yellow card in the first half for a rash challenge on the winger.
The fact that Dallas made just as many fouls as he did tackles shows how tough of an evening he had trying to keep tabs on the former Bolton man.