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Leeds star Antenucci was utterly ineffective against Blackburn, fans agree

Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci had a poor game against Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci disappointed on Thursday night as his side crashed to a 2-0 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers, extending their winless home run to 12 matches.

Confidence was relatively high heading into the match following Steve Evans’ opening two games in charge of the club, drawing 1-1 at Fulham and later by the same score-line at Bolton Wanderers.

However, confidence soon turned to despair around Elland Road as the visitors raced into a two-goal lead within the first six minutes and comfortably held out for the three points.

Playing a 4-4-2, Leeds looked disjointed and offered little going forward with creative players such as Stuart Dallas and Mirco Antenucci in particular completely ineffective and often wasteful.

  ShotsKey PassesTake-onsAerial Duels WonTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Mirco Antenucci 2 0 2 0 30 11 1 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Antenucci’s frustrating evening can be illustrated by the fact he contributed very little in a number of key attacking areas.

The Italian star took just two shots all game, one hitting the side netting from a volley when well-placed and the other a limp effort which was easily saved by the Blackburn goalkeeper.

Antenucci did almost find himself through on goal during the opening period, however he allowed the ball to come down and skid off the turf to safety, much to the despair of those around Elland Road.

The former Catania man does have ability, yet everything he tried seemingly failed to come off as he posted zero key passes and worryingly just 11 accurate passes over the entire 90 minutes.

The service into the front two was desperately poor, though Antenucci didn’t help matters as he rarely dropped deep and when he did, he couldn’t link up with his teammates efficiently.

Writing on Twitter during and after the game, Leeds supporters couldn’t hide their disappointment in what was a performance the 31-year-old forward will instantly want to forget.

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