Sky Sports pundit Peter Beagrie slams horrendous Leeds United defending from Liam Bridcutt and Sol Bamba

Elland Road pitchside

The pair were at fault for Derby County's opening goal at Elland Road.

Leeds United took on title chasing Derby County in the Championship yesterday and would have left the game at Elland Road ruing the fact they did not take maximum points against The Rams.

Leeds were excellent over 90 minutes and when Chris Wood headed home from a delightful Sam Byram cross it looked as though they were going to win the game. However, Tom Ince scored an equaliser as Derby secured a 2-2 draw in Yorkshire.

Sol Bamba had previously equalised for Leeds after Jeff Hendrick had given Derby the lead - but the Ivorian did not have the best of games.

The club captain was drafted back in to the starting XI after several games out due to the form of Giuseppe Bellusci.

The Italian struggled against Nottingham Forest however and to keep things fresh Steve Evans changed it up.

But Bamba went diving into Hendrick, only to be embarrassed, for the first goal and was also lured in for the second.

Sky Sports pundit Peter Beagrie was not pleased with his defensive efforts for the first goal, but Liam Bridcutt got a roasting as well. The on-loan Sunderland man was busier appealing for a hopeful handball than doing his job and Beagrie told Sky (29/12/2015):

"Horrendous. Number one, play to the whistle. Liam Bridcutt, the defensive player in front of the back four, he's remonstrating with the referee saying it has been a handball.

"But the rule is play to the whistle. Everyone is told, play to the whistle.

"Bamba makes it easy for him as well. Because he goes to ground with the first bit of skill. Stand in front of him.

"They just made it easy for him."

Hendrick's finish was sublime but the way he got their owed more to bad defending than individual skill and that is surely something that will irk Steve Evans.

Leeds committed a silly defensive error to gift Forest a goal in their previous game and two performances that should have garnered six points have accrued just two.

That might prove the difference between promotion and mid-table obscurity for many a Championship side this season.

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