Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes that Leeds United didn’t do much wrong in their loss to Sheffield United, but was critical of defender Barry Douglas
Leeds slipped out of the top two of the Championship due to the 1-0 defeat, as Sheffield United leapfrogged them into second and now hold a point advantage over them.
Meanwhile, Norwich City have the chance to extend their lead at the top when they visit Rotherham on Saturday afternoon and could be five points clear of Leeds by the end of the day.
Sheffield United scored the winner in the second-half, as they capitalised on some poor defending from Liam Cooper and Chris Basham fired into the bottom corner for the visitors.
There was also late drama as Kiko Casilla was shown a straight red card and an injured Pontus Jansson took up the glove sin the closing stages.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team will now have to bounce back after a frustrating loss where they were unable to get a shot on target despite lots of pressure.
Hasselbaink believes Leeds were made to pay for not being clinical enough in the second period and believes Douglas could have done much better for the Blades goal.
The left-back was unable to track back when the hosts lost possession and Hasselbaink feels he was caught out of possession.
“Football wise they (Leeds) didn’t do a lot wrong, especially in the first-half. Leeds had chances they didn’t make the chances. The intensity of Leeds dropped [against Sheffield United] and that’s because Sheffield United were better with the ball.” Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports’ televised coverage (2:40pm).
“Douglas needs to be really close to him (Basham), he’s falling asleep. Leeds player doesn’t have the ball yet, so the left-back has to secure Basham first before he has control of the ball.”
It seemed a little harsh to blame Douglas for the winning goal, as Cooper was completely caught out by the flight of the ball when battling with Billy Sharp and the attacker then went on to assist an unmarked Basham outside the box.
Douglas, 29, entered the action in the second-half as a substitute and that allowed Ezgjan Alioski to push on from full-back to a more attacking wide role.
It just wasn’t Leeds’ day in the end and Sheffield United have to be commended for their resilience and clinical touch with clear goalscoring chance.