Liam Rosenior critical of Ezgjan Alioski and Pontus Jansson following Leeds United's defeat to Wigan

Marcelo Bielsa the Leeds United manager during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on April 09, 2019 in Preston, England.

Leeds United will be looking to move back into the automatic places when they travel to Brentford on Monday afternoon.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Wigan Athletic at Elland Road on April 19, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Liam Rosenior has been critical of Ezgjan Alisoski and Pontus Jansson's performances during Leeds United's 2-1 defeat to Wigan on Friday afternoon. 

It was a very costly defeat for Marcelo Bielsa's side because following Sheffield United's win over Nottingham Forest, they leapfrogged them in the Championship table. 

As a result, with three games to go in the league, Chris Wilder's side are once again in the driving seat to finish in the automatic places at the end of the season.


Speaking to EFL Championship Goals on Sky Sports Football (20/04/2019 at 8:15 pm), former promotion winner Rosenior pointed out what the attack-minded Alisoki and Leeds' best header of the ball were doing wrong during the Wigan defeat. 

"Alioski at left-back, he's been outstanding all season, an attacking player, but he gets caught out [for Wigan's first goal]," Rosenior told EFL Championship Goals. "And also something Leeds like to do with the centre-half is they like to press the space. 

"So, Alisoki is thinking more like an attacking player [whilst trying to defend] and Massey's the wrong side of him - as a result, it leaves a huge space between Jansson and centre-half. Can the goalkeeper do better [for Massey's strike]? Possibly it goes in at the near post. That's really disappointing from Leeds' point of view. 

"A cross comes in [for Wigan's second goal], Alisoki doesn't stop the cross. Then, you've got your best centre-half [Jansson], the best header of the ball [on the edge of the area]. I'd love to know why Pontus Jansson is there. Again, huge space between him and the other centre-half."


Since domestic football returned from the international break, that second spot in the Championship table has changed hands on a number of occasions.

Leeds have dropped points on a number of occasions, as have Sheffield United and it may well change again on Monday afternoon.

The Whites travel to London for a tricky tie against Brentford, whilst the Blades will take on Hull City with Bielsa's side knowing that if they better the results of their rivals then they will go above them in the table. 

Manager of Leeds United Marcelo Bielsa greets fans as he arrives at the stadium the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Wigan Athletic at Elland Road on April 19, 2019 in Leeds,...

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