Leeds United defender Ben White has commented on their loss to Sheffield Wednesday and singled out Atdhe Nuhiu following his display.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side fell to their fifth defeat of the season as Sheffield Wednesday scored two late goals to take all three points at Elland Road.
Leeds dominated early proceedings on Saturday afternoon with Jack Harrison failing to convert from a set-piece and Patrick Bamford having a goal unfairly ruled out for offside, despite Mateusz Klich appearing to be onside in the build-up. The game looked to be fizzling out towards a draw with Leeds not offering much in the second half before Jacob Murphy fired the Owls into the lead in the 87th-minute.
Kosovan striker Atdhe Nuhiu sealed the win for the travellers when he converted Adam Reach’s pinpoint cross deep into added time to see Garry Monk’s side come away will all three points.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds’ on-loan centre-back Ben White was in a confident mood when reflecting on the result, claiming the home side deserved more from the game. When asked about the result, he stated: “Yes, especially in the first half. I think we should have scored a couple of goals and then the game goes differently.
“But we didn’t and they did in the second half.
“I think we played well in the first half. I think we deserved to get something from the game on our first-half display.
“Obviously we did well against Arsenal and we have played like that before against a Championship side but it’s not as big because it’s not against a big side. We will just keep going.”
White also singled out substitute Atdhe Nuhiu in his post-match comments, where he was not best pleased with the impact that he had off the bench and how he approached the clash. He added: “He’s a big lump, isn’t he?
“It’s difficult to play against but it’s part of what they were going to do.
“They were obviously going to bring him on if they were nil nil and we should have been ready for that.”
With White’s comments sure to provoke a reaction from both a Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday persuasion, we take a look at how fans reacted to these comments…
Promotion contending sides raise their game every game. Tis why leeds have failed for last 2 seasons. They dropped points they should be winning. You turn up against west Brom and you turn up against Luton or you fail.
— Dave Wawaw (@WawawDave) January 13, 2020
Obviously still a bit sore 😏
— Jimmy WAWAW!!!! (@Jimmy51906904) January 13, 2020
Can you name these former Leeds United players?
Every player who puts that shirt on should treat every game as a big game no matter who it is against
— Adam Green (@AdamGreen0823) January 13, 2020
— John Grant (@Granty62owl) January 13, 2020
Is Ben White the Leeds defender who made the sublime pass to Borner in the build up to our 2nd goal? Thanks Ben 😂😂😂
— Scott Nicol (@Hypnicol) January 13, 2020
This has got Wendies chomping at the bit 😂 rent free.
— Jamie 🌹 (@jamieTwilkinson) January 13, 2020
— Sir Bertram (@bertram_sir) January 13, 2020
I'll bite… @ben6white How many teams in the Championship are 'big sides' if you don't consider Wednesday to be one? 🍼💼
— Christopher Kirby (@chrskrby) January 13, 2020
Take the 'size' of both teams out of it – if he (and his team mates) can't raise their game enough for a match that means so much to their fans, being a local derby, he / they need to take a look at themselves instead of throwing out comments like this!
— Ryan Maxwell (@RyanSwfc) January 13, 2020