Stats show Giuseppe Bellusci error capped off an ordinary display

Leeds United East Stand

The Leeds United defender's big mistake cost his side a point at Rotherham United.

Leeds United suffered back-to-back Yorkshire derby defeats on Saturday following a 2-1 reverse at Rotherham United.

It was not a happy return to the New York Stadium for Steve Evans, whose side were beaten by a last-minute penalty from Greg Halford as the Whites failed to bounce back from the demoralising 4-1 home defeat by Huddersfield Town prior to the international break.

They had looked on course to win a point, before goalkeeper Marco Silvestri was sent off in the closing stages of normal time for a foul on Lee Frecklington, whose first-half opener was later cancelled out by Luke Murphy with 11 minutes to go.

The villain of the piece from a Leeds perspective was undoubtedly defender Giuseppe Bellusci, whose botched overhead kick inside his own box led to Frecklington winning the fatal penalty.

  PositionTeamPoss Lost AllDuel LostTouchesError Lead To GoalAccurate PassTotal PassTotal CrossAerial LostMins Played
Giuseppe Bellusci DF Leeds 21 2 82 1 41 59 0 1 90

It was a fitting end to match a relatively unconvincing overall display from the Italian right-back, whose consistency problems surfaced once more.

His passing at Rotherham was slightly erratic, only clocking an accuracy of 69%, while he also conceded possession no fewer than 21 times - more than any other Leeds player.

He did recover possession on seven occasions, to his credit, and indeed managed a respectable 82 touches, but he did not attack enough, failing to attempt a single cross.

By full time, Twitter was rife with less-than-flattering remarks for the defender following his mistake.

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