Noel Whelan laments Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald's role in Ipswich's second goal

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.

Felix Wiedwald conceded twice as Leeds United claimed a narrow 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town to keep the Whites at the top of the Championship.

Felix Wiedwald of SV Werder Bremen during the Betway Cup match between West Ham Utd and SV Werder Bremen at Boleyn Ground on August 2, 2015 in London, England.

Noel Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds that he thought that Felix Wiedwald made a terrible mistake that led to Ipswich's second goal in Leeds' 3-2 win over the Tractor Boys at Elland Road on Saturday.

Thomas Christiansen's men had created some much-needed breathing space heading into the final 20 minutes of the contest as Bartosz Bialkowski's own goal had made the scoreline 3-1 to the Championship leaders.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

However, Joe Garner set up a nervy finish as he calmly slotted the ball home after a low cross from right-back Dominic Iorfa was parried out towards the penalty spot by Wiedwald. And after the game, Whelan insisted that the summer signing should have done a lot better with the cross than he did.

"We've got to look at the goalkeeping again for their second goal," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

"Wiedwald, I've got no idea what he's doing, terrible bit of goalkeeping there. It wasn't even a shot, it was a cross that came in. He couldn't hold it, he pushed it out into the central area, you've got to push it away from goal, to the side of the post, not back into play."

There can perhaps be some sympathy towards Wiedwald for his decision to parry the ball as Iorfa's cross was struck firmly and bounced just in front of the German so he may have felt that trying to gather the ball could have been a mistake.

However, Whelan's point that Wiedwald should have parried the ball away from the centre of the goal will surely be met with plenty of agreement from the Elland Road faithful as it handed Garner a simple chance, whereas sending the ball out wide would have surely lowered the chances of the ball finding the feet of an Ipswich player.

And with Andy Lonergan impressing in the League Cup win over Burnley in midweek, Wiedwald will know that had his error proved more costly, the level of criticism would have been greater. And if he follows that up with more mistakes in the coming weeks, there is another goalkeeper potentially ready to take his spot in the side. 

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