BBC pundit critical of Leeds United duo

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Leeds United won against Reading in the Championship on Saturday.

Noel Whelan told BBC Sport (16:07) that Leeds United duo Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci did not pass the ball well in the first half of the Championship game against Reading on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds won 3-2 against Reading at Elland Road in the Championship, but the Whites’ performance in the first half was far from great.

Former Leeds striker Whelan was following the match for BBC Sport, and he was not impressed with defenders Cooper and Bellusci in the first 45 minutes.

“Reading are there for the taking, which is why it’s so frustrating,” the Englishman told BBC Sport during the half-time interval (16:07). “Leeds aren't stretching them enough and we look very fragile in defence.

“Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci have been guilty of some poor passes and Reading are taking advantage of it. It's been sloppy to say the least.”

Credit to Leeds, Steve Evans’s side did play better in the second half and deservedly picked up all three points from the encounter.

Cooper, who earned a yellow card during the match, had a pass accuracy of 71%, attempted one dribble, won 75% of his headers, and made four interceptions and seven clearances.

Bellusci had a pass accuracy of 43%, attempted one dribble, won 80% of his headers, and made three interceptions, six clearances and one block.

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