Leeds United’s Under-23 side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in Premier League 2 on Monday afternoon, their first defeat in 10 league games – and supporters have questioned a decision made by manager Mark Jackson in the second half.
Mark Jackson’s side took to the field having previously won nine consecutive Premier League 2 matches, sitting at the top of the table. However, an early red card saw Leeds stutter, in a match which saw Gaetano Berardi finally return from a knee injury.
Netherlands youth international Summerville was shown a yellow card initially for dissent after conceding a free-kick – and then, with a Palace player advancing forward, he brought him down. It saw him receive a red card – after picking up two yellow cards.
The red card forced Jackson to make changes to his side. However, clearly the pre-match instructions were to remove Berardi as he continues his comeback – and potentially Joe Gelhardt too, despite the red card and the need for attacking players.
Some Leeds fans reacted to attacker Gelhardt’s removal, questioning why the £16,500-a-week (Spotrac) striker was removed even if there was an agreement before the match – given the second string side had gone down to 10 men during the first half.
Played well after Palace scored. Well on top. Shame they couldn’t keep Gelhardt on for the 2nd half but probably Bielsa limiting his minutes.
— PJH LUFC (@pistol1603) March 1, 2021
Question is why limit his minutes if he is only going to sit on the bench every game? Not saying in anyway he should be starting but little 5-10 minute cameo to ease him in might do him good.
— Lufc1982 (@Lufc19821) March 1, 2021
No Summerville, Gelhardt and Greenwood = awful performance
— Chris Wright (@Chris_Wriiight) March 1, 2021
game was done as soon as Gelhardt came off https://t.co/gxUDQJR4yI
— Luca (@LufcLuca_) March 1, 2021
Why take Gelhardt off 😂
— Rebecca 🦚 (@r_louw13) March 1, 2021
And now they’re losing😂
— LUFCliam🍥 (@LUFCliam_) March 1, 2021