Noel Whelan has slammed the lack of ruthlessness and discipline from ten-man Leeds United in their 1-0 Championship defeat to Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.
A superb striker from on-loan Manchester City player Bersant Celina in the second half secured the three points for Mick McCarthy’s side and put a dent in Leeds’ promotion hopes.
Thomas Christiansen’s side slipped to seventh in the table after a hugely frustrating afternoon in which they had midfielder Eunan O’Kane sent off at the end of the first half and missed a series of fine goal chances.
Asked for his verdict on Leeds performance, ex-Elland Road striker Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds immediately after the match: “Definitely a frustrating day. We were in control before the sending off but lost our discipline again.
“We lacked creativity in the midfield area and there was a lack of ruthless finishing in the opposition box. There were four chances. You’ve got to be ruthless in there and put them away. It’s criminal to send it over the bar.”
If Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta needed any more evidence that Leeds are crying out for a decent centre-forward before the January window shuts, it came with this performance against Ipswich at Portman Road. With Pablo Hernandez pulling the strings, Christiansen’s team created some excellent opportunities but they paid the price for slack finishing and the absence of the reliable scorer they had when Chris Wood was putting away goals for fun last season. Radrizzani must back his manager in the next 18 days and hand him a new striker worthy of the name.