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Leeds fans criticise Kiko Casilla after his mistake signals a return to his old ways

Leeds put all their recent good work behind them by throwing away a 3-0 lead to Cardiff on Saturday, losing all composure and concentration in doing so.

For a side which had only conceded 10 goals in 21 games prior it is a shocking turn of events, and many fans are pointing the finger of blame at one man – Kiko Casilla.

The Spaniard has often been subject to ridicule in his time at Elland Road but in recent weeks he had certainly turned over a new leaf and was beginning to win round the Leeds faithful, garnering significant praise for his performances between the sticks.

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However, a typically naive and risky decision to come out and punch a cross clear allowed Lee Tomlin to find the back of the net, the goal which sparked an unlikely comeback from the Bluebirds and cost the Whites all three points.

While it was a poor and unnecessary error to make, it still took a fine finish from Tomlin to find the far corner, and from that point on Leeds should have shut up shop and ensured the visitors couldn’t find a way back into the match.

Instead, Bielsa decided to bring on a 20-year-old centre-back in Pascal Struijk as well as bringing off Patrick Bamford, who holds the ball up far better than Eddie Nketiah, and Leeds were punished as Neil Harris’ side scored two more goals out of nothing.

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The Argentine should, therefore, be subject to criticism rather than Casilla, who has otherwise been a standout performer in recent matches, though he should reconsider how often he leaves his own goal.

Meanwhile, some fans’ fears that Marcelo Bielsa winning the Championship Manager of the Month for November may have been realised after Leeds dropped points for the first time in eight matches.

Article title: Leeds fans criticise Kiko Casilla after his mistake signals a return to his old ways

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