Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci was bitterly disappointing in defeat to QPR

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Leeds United’s Mirco Antenucci had a poor game on Saturday.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has a desperately poor game on Saturday as he contributed very little during his side’s narrow 1-0 defeat to managerless Queens Park Rangers.

The Italian striker has come back in the team under new boss Steve Evans, performing well and striking up a positive partnership alongside summer signing Chris Wood.

His inclusion in the team has largely been well received by the Leeds supporters, and it’s a clear statement of intent from Evans as he looks to abandon that cautiousness deployed under Uwe Rosler.

However, striking the right balance is key and Leeds looked terribly out of sorts against QPR from an attacking sense and they got very little joy out of Wood and Antenucci.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesTake-onsAerial Duels WonTouchesAccurate PassBall RecoveriesMins Played
Mirco Antenucci 0 0 0 0 0 28 10 3 80

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Antenucci’s ineffectiveness can be illustrated by the fact he contributed virtually nothing in an attacking sense during his 80 minutes on the pitch.

The 31-year-old failed to take a single effort on goal, didn’t manage to link-up well with his teammates as shown by his lack of key passes and won no aerial duels throughout.

Moreover, his ball retention was off as he managed to complete just ten accurate passes from 28 touches – a rate of one completed pass every eight minutes of action.

Antenucci clearly has ability and under Evans’ short reign as boss he has proven his worth to the team, yet he simply wasn’t at the races at Loftus Road and he wasn’t the only Leeds player to struggle.

Hoops striker Charlie Austin scored the only goal of the game after 58 minutes but had it not been for goalkeeper Marco Silvestri the score-line could have been far greater.

With just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, it was a real step back for the Yorkshire outfit.

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