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Noel Whelan rips into Leeds United players for post-match jokes

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...

Leeds United suffered a shock FA Cup defeat on Sunday afternoon.

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.

Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds it was "disgusting" to see some Leeds United players smiling shortly after Sunday's shock FA Cup defeat at Newport County.

Conor Shaughnessy's own goal on 76 minutes and a last-minute winner from Shawn McCoulsky saw the League Two side consign United to a second successive third-round elimination, following last season's shambles at Sutton United.

Gaetano Berardi had given Leeds a ninth-minute lead but victory would have papered over the cracks in a major way and fans of the Elland Road club have slammed the players on Twitter for such an inept performance in Wales.

A general view of fans arriving at Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds,...

Whelan is also a big Leeds supporter and claims that it was a "joke" to see a number of Thomas Christiansen's side sharing jokes among themselves after the defeat.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I saw a couple of players walking out there and smiling to one another and for me that's disgusting.

"If you want to smile then get on the coach but there shouldn't be any smiling going on after a result and performance like that. It's a joke.

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,...

"It angers me when I see people coming out with a smile on their face. Do it behind closed doors because I do not want to see that."

If true, you wonder if some of the Leeds players understand the fury that they evoked after their performance.

Losing to a League Two in the third round of the FA Cup is a big deal and Whelan is right, it's absolutely not a laughing matter.

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