Noel Whelan's instant reaction as Leeds struggle to 2-1 win against Rotherham, not good enough

Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara celebrates scoring the second goal

Leeds picked up a win but struggled to get over the finish line.

Leeds United defeated Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United this evening, winning 2-1.

However, it was a game in which they should have won more comfortably.

Rotherham United lost key players Greg Halford and Lee Camp to injury whilst Peter Odemwingie was sent off. With the score 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara Leeds looked comfortable but they were poor in the second-half and nearly threw away three points after Richard Wood pulled one back and the Millers piled on the pressure.

Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara celebrates scoring the second goalLeeds United's Souleymane Doukara celebrates scoring the second goal

The way in which Leeds seemingly lost their control of the game did not go down well with former Leeds striker and BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan.

He feels the side made life far more difficult than it needed to be in a game they could have buried. He told BBC Radio Leeds:

“We took the game for granted. They thought two was enough and, in the end, it was a very, very close end to the game.

Rotherham players reacts after a near miss in the last minuteRotherham players reacts after a near miss in the last minute

“It shouldn’t have been, it really shouldn’t but we do make life hard for ourselves at time.

“Look, we got over the line we’re sitting in fifth but this could have been a lot easier.”

Leeds United’s performance was not up to scratch and Garry Monk will be disappointed his players appeared to take their foot off the gas.

However, Leeds fans will just be pleased they did manage to hold on and keep all three points at Rotherham.

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