Paul Robinson highlights continued Leeds United problem after 'poorest display' at Brighton

PAUL Robinson felt Leeds United put in their poorest performance of the season in Saturday's Premier League defeat at Brighton after "unforgivable" defending for the Seagulls opener.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:51 pm

Brighton had already made a bright start when left back Gjanni Alioski hauled down Danny Welbeck with his arm to leave the hosts with a 13th-minute penalty.

Pascal Gross slammed home his spot kick and Marcelo Bielsa's Whites never got going as part of a display which featured just two shots on target.

Danny Welbeck eventually bagged Brighton's second goal with 11 minutes left to seal a 2-0 victory and former Whites goalkeeper Robinson did not hold back in his assessment of United's display or Alioski's defending.

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COSTLY: Leeds United defender Gjanni Alioski brings down Brighton's Danny Welbeck to give the Seagulls an early penalty in Saturday's 2-0 victory against the Whites at the Amex. Photo by John Sibley - Pool/Getty Images.

"That's the poorest that I have seen them play this season," said Robinson as part the coverage of the game on Amazon Prime Video.

"They looked like they huffed and they puffed but they just weren't at the races. They didn't seem to turn up.

"I know it's an easy phrase to say but there was no cohesion, there was no ball playing from back to front.

"Patrick Bamford was an isolated figure, we saw him substituted in the second half with Rodrigo coming on, that didn't change things and no matter what the manager seemed to do, nothing seemed to change."

Asked about Brighton's penalty, Robinson said: "I don't think there is doubt it was a penalty, it was just a really soft penalty.

"I think the left back for Leeds has been a problem all season, Alioski has been targeted by teams for his defensive incapability if you like and it was just a really silly mistake by him.

"He has gone down, he has committed himself and then he wraps his arm around Welbeck's leg which is unforgivable in that situation.

"Yes, it's a really soft penalty, but you can't argue that it's not a penalty.

"I don't know what's going through his mind there, he's obviously committed himself to the tackle and it's his left arm and you can clearly see what he is doing."

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Thank you Laura Collins