We beat ourselves - Noel Whelan's instant reaction to calamitous Leeds United defeat

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Leeds lost 2-1 to Rotherham United after some shocking late defending.

What a mess!

Leeds United took on Rotherham United in the Championship this afternoon and would have hoped to pick up a positive result against their Yorkshire rivals.

But a dramatic game at the New York Stadium ended with a 2-1 victory for the Millers and left Leeds United facing up to a second consecutive defeat.

Leeds went 1-0 down to a Lee Frecklington first-half goal but Luke Murphy’s deflected strike and a red card to Matt Derbyshire for the home side gave a below-par Leeds hope of an unlikely win.

But a calamity at the back saw Leeds throw the game away. Giuseppe Bellusci’s shocking attempted clearance left Marco Silvestri in a world of bother and the keeper was red carded after bringing down Frecklington.

With all subs accounted for Bellusci went on goal but Greg Halford sent the Italian the wrong way to give Rotherham a vital win.

After the game former Leeds striker Noel Whelan was not impressed. He suggested that Leeds essentially beat themselves when they suffer defeats this season, telling the BBC:

“We are our own worst enemy.

“We were on top of the game, controlling the game, and then that moment there where we're not defending properly changed it.

“It was a moment of madness. Teams don't have to beat Leeds - we beat ourselves.”

It was, once again, a disastrous piece of play from Leeds that will leave fans frustrated and disappointed.

If errors like this persist for the club, then dramatic player changes must be considered in the summer.

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