Reading manager Jose Gomes has been quoted by Get Reading after his side’s 3-0 loss to Leeds United as saying Luke Ayling should have been shown a red card – and some Leeds fans agree.
Ayling, 27, was booked in the first half for a foul on ex-Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett. The £750,000 (Mail) signing from Bristol City was then warned during a conversation with referee Gavin Ward.
The former Arsenal and Bristol City man then fouled ex-Leeds man Modou Barrow, but Ward opted against a second yellow card. He survived before Marcelo Bielsa wisely substituted the defender in the 56th minute.
Gomes was asked if he believed Ayling should have been shown a red card by Ward. He responded stating that Ayling should have been given his marching orders, but was aware that it would have changed little.
“I think, yes. The referee forgave him. It was a second yellow card in my opinion. The game could have been different of course and but the difference is they scored three goals before half time,” Gomes said.
Leeds were comfortable throughout as Ayling created the first. The marauding right-back supplied the cross for Matuesz Klich to score, after good work from Patrick Bamford.
An exquisite brace from the class-oozing Pablo Hernandez made it three before the break, with the third being lashed home from 25 yards. Leeds fans agree with Gomes, stating Ayling was fortunate to stay on the pitch.
Luke Ayling vs. Reading:
55 mins played
90% pass acc
36/40 passes 👏
3 interceptions 👊
2 assists 🎯🎯
2 tackles won
1 yellow card
Fortunate not to have seen red, but was immense first half. Registered 2 assists in the same match for the first time. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/nKWKgxfWgh
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) March 12, 2019
Ayling lucky , get Shacks on now #lufc
— Kevin Roberts (@krlufc67) March 12, 2019
Smart move from Bielsa taking Ayling off, very lucky not being sent off #lufc
— Connor Mahoney 🔍🔍 DirtyLeeds! Bielsalona! MOT (@ConnorMOT92) March 12, 2019
I think I’d take Ayling off lucky lad there #LeedsUnited
— Rick Hartley 🏃🚴⚽️ 💛💙 (@RickHartley64) March 12, 2019
Have to admit, we are lucky to still have 11 on the pitch. That could very easily have been a 2nd yellow for Ayling. #lufc
— Alex Oldham (@alexanderoldham) March 12, 2019
Fwiw I thought Ayling was poor tonight, lucky to stay on.
— paul warrick💙💛 (LUFC) (@paulwarrick3) March 13, 2019