'The game was there for us' - Stuart Dallas concedes Leeds United frustration after West Ham defeat

The Whites were beaten by the Hammers in the capital on Monday night.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:29 pm
Leeds United utility man Stuart Dallas in action at West Ham. Pic: Getty

Stuart Dallas conceded Leeds United s post-match feeling was one of huge frustration following defeat to West Ham.

The Whites fell to a 2-0 loss in the capital on Monday night in Premier League action.

Marcelo Bielsa saw his outfit begin the evening on top at the London Stadium as they scored two disallowed goals before the concession of a penalty sparked two quickfire strikes just seven minutes apart for the hosts.

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Jesse Lingard saw his spot kick saved by Whites goalkeeper Illan Meslier - after being brought down by Luke Ayling - but the Manchester United loanee converted the rebound.

Craig Dawson then broke free of marker Diego Llorente from a corner to power a header home and double the advantage before the half hour mark.

United mustered a response in the second half with Patrick Bamford twice going close before substitute Rodrigo saw an effort cleared off the line late on in the encounter.

Leeds, though, left London pointless once again despite dominating the second period against the Hammers.

"It's hard to say," Dallas reflected post-match on what he felt United deserved from the match.

"We started the game really well. Scored two goals - I haven't seen them back [on VAR] - but the first one was very close from where I was. It's football. That's the way it goes.

"Sometimes you get the rub of the green and sometimes you don't. We started the game really well but then it got away from us.

"They started to hit us on the counter attack. The penalty is frustrating because it could've been avoided from where the ball comes from to start off with.

"Then the set-piece is disappointing as well. It's been a problem for us earlier on in the season. We've worked hard to try and help ourselves in those situations but unfortunately tonight we've conceded.

"We regrouped at half-time and made a few changes. I thought we took control of the game after that. We had a chance early on [in the second half] and if that goes in then it's a different game.

"We kept plugging away. We created quite a few chances. It's more frustration than anything that we didn't get something out of the game, because I think the game was there for us."