Brighton 4-0 Leeds United: Noel Whelan's instant reaction

Leeds United were embarrassed by Brighton.

Brighton and Hove Albion hammered Leeds United at the Amex Stadium and emphasised the gulf in class between the two teams.

The home side were 4-0 up by half time thanks to some terrible defending with Sol Bamba and Scott Wootton the chief culprits.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan made his thoughts on the performance abundantly clear.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "It has been absolutely disgraceful.

"It’s the weakest performance I’ve seen in a long time and it hurts me.

"They should be ashamed of themselves. They have shown nothing - they've surrendered it."

Leeds improved in the second half as Brighton took their foot off the gas, but the damage was already done, and the many fans who made the long trip down south could not have been blamed if they decided to leave early.

The starting line up was an odd one from Leeds' perspective, with a lack of shape highlighted by Lewie Coyle being asked to make only his second start for the club out on the right wing.

Leeds remain in 17th position in the Championship table as a result of the loss while Brighton strengthen their play-off credentials, sitting in fourth position and closing the gap on the leaders.

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