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.
Kiko Casilla was the catalyst of the comeback, charging out for a ball that far 3-0 up?
— Liam Moore (@LiamMoo19110227) December 14, 2019
Not really..The defence looked all over the place once Casilla made that mistake for the 1st goal..
We had many chances to finish the game off..Klich,Pablo,Eddie,Dallas,Ayling all had decent chances..
Complacency cost us the 3 points..cannot just blame subs..#lufc
— H Ramsden (@RandomChaos1307) December 14, 2019
Dont criticize nketiah for that result , casilla mistake gave them the momentum for the game to open up, bamford being taken off was an error but we have to move on now
— FAIR PLAY LEEDS (@2019LeedsUnited) December 14, 2019
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.
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.
— thehotash (@thehotash) December 14, 2019
I thought Casilla was to blame for the first goal and he should have saved the third. A bad game for him but people are saying Bielsa hasn’t a clue, we need to spend big in Jan, the ‘Radz is a potless chancer’ stuff again. It’s ridiculous really how OTT we get when we don’t win.
— Tony Norman (@avnorm) December 15, 2019
That was Wigan all over again. Pathetic game by casilla. #lufc
— topman65 (@baldyman1965) December 14, 2019
Yeah struik didn’t look up to the tempo of the game when he came on .I know he brought height over beradi but unfortunately that sub and Casilla flapping again cost us.On to the next game .mot!
— LUFCBANTS Follow me! I’ll follow you! (@Jason197110) December 14, 2019