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‘I was really disappointed’ – EFL boss left angered by recent Leeds United recruit

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Blackpool manager Neil Critchley was left furious by Leeds United youngster Joe Gelhardt despite their 3-0 win in the EFL Trophy last night.

The Seasiders recorded their first win of the competition last night, moving up to second in Group G after defeating Leeds United’s Under-21s by three goals to nil at Bloomfield Road.

Daniel Kemp opened the scoring on nine minutes, before Cody Drameh scored an own-goal in the 20th minute. Ethan Robson added a third on 82 minutes, shortly after the game’s biggest flashpoint.

Blackpool were reduced to 10-men when Cameron Antwi went in high on Crysencio Summerville, being shown a straight red-card by the referee.

This came seconds after Joe Gelhardt lunged on a Blackpool player with a two-footed challenge – one that Critchley called a “shocking” challenge.

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, he said: “I was really disappointed with that, I’ve got to be honest. I really thought the referee let him down.

“I thought the tackle before that was a shocking tackle. It was over the top of the ball and it should never have got to that point.”

Gelhardt is yet to feature for Leeds’ first-team since joining from Wigan Athletic in the summer, but he will be keen to make an impact in these type of matches as he looks to earn a place in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The Verdict

You can understand Critchley’s frustrations – it was a poor tackle and not much different to Antwi’s challenge on Summerville at all.

Blackpool going down to 10-men should have really given Leeds an advantage, but Robson’s goal wiped out their chances of earning a point.

Gelhardt was probably quite frustrated, and he can count himself very lucky indeed.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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