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Noel Whelan not impressed by Ezgjan Alioski

26 Jan 2002:  Noel Whelan of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring the breakthrough goal during the AXA sponsored FA Cup fourth round match against Manchester United played at the Riverside...

Noel Whelan wasn't impressed by the Leeds United winger.

Leeds United were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Preston North End today.

The Whites' first home game of the Championship season was something of a damp squib as Leeds failed to break down a resolute Lilywhites defence, who had 10 men for the final half-an-hour after Ben Pearson was sent off after picking up two yellow cards.

26 Jan 2002:  Noel Whelan of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring the breakthrough goal during the AXA sponsored FA Cup fourth round match against Manchester United played at the Riverside...

In spite of their numerical advantage for one-third of the match, Thomas Christiansen's side fashioned very few clear-cut chances, with Ezgjan Alioski and Chris Wood spurning decent opportunities for the hosts.

Alioski, a summer signing from Lugano, has been winning rave reviews from Leeds fans due to his early performances for the club, but former striker Noel Whelan believes he was lucky not to be hauled off by Christiansen at the break.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "Some of our bigger names didn't turn up today. I think Alioski was disappointing and probably lucky to stay on the field after his first-half performance."

Fans of the Yorkshire club will be disappointed initially, but four points from their first two games isn't half bad and there is still plenty of reasons to be cheerful if you support United.

Next up for Christiansen's side is the visit of Fulham on Tuesday evening, the Cottagers drawing their first two matches this season.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

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