One Leeds star who proved a point v Middlesbrough... Two who disappointed

Elland Road Revie Stand

Leeds were battered 3-0 at the Riverside stadium, largely thanks to individual errors.

Mirco Antenucci

Chris Wood's absence was a huge loss for Leeds United on Sunday afternoon. Uwe Rosler's men lost their focal point and, while his presence wouldn't have guaranteed victory at promotion contenders Middlesbrough, it certainly would have helped.

That said, Italian forward Mirco Antenucci proved he can be relied upon - even as a lone striker. Up front by himself is not where the 31-year-old excels. But he played well in that role here and his incorrectly disallowed goal in the second half would have altered the course of the game. His movement was very good.

Sol Bamba

The same praise could not be lavished on United's centre-backs, however, who were the ultimate downfall for their side against Boro at the Riverside.

Sol Bamba, the captain and leader from the back, is normally solid for Leeds but has recently suffered a rocky patch. This may well have been the ultimate low point of that rocky patch.

Bamba still dictated some Leeds attacks by going forward with the ball from defence but he was largely very poor indeed against Middlesbrough, forming no partnership whatsoever with Giuseppe Bellusci. And his slip up alone for the third goal was bad enough to counteract any performance - even it were one from the top drawer.

Giuseppe Bellusci

The Whites' undoubted villain, though, was Bellusci himself. The Italian flailed as David Nugent put Boro ahead after two minutes and was no help throughout the game.

He was then booed when wasting a long pass by sending it off for a goal-kick before half-time. But his biggest contribution, of course, was one that can now never be forgotten.

The own goal Bellusci netted to put Leeds 2-0 down was one of the most thoughtless and unnecessary you could imagine. Without a striker putting him directly under pressure, the 26-year-old took it upon himself to go for a diving header as though he was trying to stop a cricket ball from crossing the boundary for a four. He ended up heading home so well it would have been a goal-of-the-month contender had it been at the right end.

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