Noel Whelan comments on Charlie Taylor's hardest afternoon and points out desire issue

Elland Road Revie Stand

The left-back had a torrid time against Joe Lolley.

Leeds United's recent winning run came crashing down in the Championship yesterday, as local rivals Huddersfield Town picked up a 4-1 win at Elland Road.

The result came as a real shock to Leeds, after winning their previous three games against Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers.

Huddersfield's high tempo style of play under David Wagner had Leeds toiling throughout the game and the sheer difference in pressure was startling.

It was a factor that former Leeds striker Noel Whelan pointed out in the post-match commentary for BBC Radio Leeds - and he singled out one Leeds player in particular for toil:

"I'm really upset at the moment.

"That second half, the way we just gave in. The desire that Huddersfield had and the way they played football.

"I don't think Charlie Taylor has had a harder afternoon (this season) then he has today with (Joe) Lolley.

"I think he gave him a right game. Not just going forward he was defending a lot of the game, he was back there tracking back."

Taylor, one of Leeds' better young players, has struggled for his best form in recent weeks but he had a real struggled against the direct and pacey Joe Lolley yesterday.

Of course he was not helped out by the lack of support from Stuart Dallas in the other direction, with the Northern Ireland international struggling to track back.

Taylor, who is used to forcing the winger back with his own attacking play, had no such opportunity yesterday and he left the field knowing he had been in a battle - a battle he lost.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch