Stuart Dallas will be returning to Leeds United this week in a miserable mood after Northern Ireland failed to grab a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.
Michael O’Neill’s team had to get past Switzerland in a two-legged playoff in order to get through, but it was not to be.
Sunday’s goalless draw in Basel meant that the hosts progressed with a 1-0 scoreline from the first leg.
To rub salt into the wound for Northern Ireland, their opponents earned a spot at Russia 2018 thanks to a controversial penalty.
In the 57th minute of the first leg in Belfast, Switzerland were awarded a penalty after Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot brushed the arm of Corry Evans.
Ricardo Rodriguez’s converted spot-kick was the only goal of the tie as the Green and White Army were forced to accept fate.
Leeds fans expressed their sorrow for Dallas, but his performances across the two legs left a good taste in the mouth.
This season, the winger has made 12 Championship appearances, but only two of them have been from the starting spot.
Supporters have now urged manager Thomas Christiansen to include Dallas more regularly.
— Andrew Smyth (@ASmyth19) November 12, 2017
If Dallas doesnt start more games think TC has to go, even us a fans know what type of player(s) we need currently to get out of this run of bad form its not really hard to work out tbh #lufc
— 🔱Karlos🔱 (@karltrinity1873) November 12, 2017
Just can't understand why Stuart Dallas isn't in the #LUFC team every week. Championship and international experience…just gets it!
— Steve Johnson (@saj1964) November 12, 2017
I’m a big fan of starting Stuart Dallas in his correct position; on the wing, in multiple football matches. Just an idea. #lufc
— Jack (@EllandReports) November 12, 2017
— Dan Sadd (@dansadd) November 12, 2017
— Barrie Anderson (@Barrie_F1_BTCC) November 12, 2017
Also, why can't Stuart Dallas get into the Leeds team playing like that? #lufc
— Daniel Gathercole (@gather100) November 12, 2017
Hope TC’s been watching.
Dallas in that XI on Sunday please. #lufc
— Biff (@StevieBiff) November 12, 2017