Ex-Leeds United star Noel Whelan thinks the Whites could have lost by a larger margin than the 4-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Steve Evans’ team were totally outplayed in the Yorkshire derby and could have fell behind in the 11th minute if Nahki Wells had converted his spot-kick at Elland Road.

Leeds then took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute through Stuart Dallas before Mark Hudson equalised for the visitors in the 41st minute.

Three goals by the Terriers between the 69th and the 77th minutes completely took the game away from Leeds, who suffered their first league defeat in four outings.

And Whelan, who felt the scoreline could have been more embarrassing for Leeds, insisted that he was displeased with the Elland Road outfit’s defensive display against Huddersfield.


“Huddersfield did that and were passing it around us and, in the end, the scoreline could have been a lot more to be honest, if it hadn’t been for the penalty save and a couple of other saves in the second half”, he wrote in his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Defensively, it was extremely poor again and I am not just talking about the back four, but from the front to the back.

“Everyone, collectively as a team, did not put a shift in. Bad habits crept in again, such as not dealing with set-pieces or marking men.”

Leeds will next face Rotherham United in an away Championship game after the international break on 2nd April.