Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has slammed Giuseppe Bellusci for conceding a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers in the Championship last night.

The Whites, who headed into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Rotherham United at the weekend, took a 70th minute lead through Chris Wood.

But Bellusci brought down Sebastian Polter late in the game at Elland Road and Tjaronn Chery slammed home the resultant spot-kick to equalise for QPR.

The defender was also at fault for Rotherham’s winner at New York Stadium as his failed clearance forced goalkeeper Marco Silvestri to foul an opponent, which also resulted in a successfully converted penalty.

And Whelan, who was displeased with Bellusci’s decision making inside the box, feels the Italian cost Leeds a win against QPR.


“Decision making and game management, that's what it comes down to”, he told BBC Radio Leeds.

“All he had to do was shadow him so he can't cross into the box. I don't understand why people make these decisions knowing that contact will result in a penalty.

“The decision making from Bellusci has cost Leeds United a win.”

Leeds, who are currently 15th in the table with 48 points from 39 games, will next play Burnley on Saturday.