Leeds United suffered a heartbreaking play-off semi-final defeat on Wednesday night.
Sky Sports pundit duo Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Darren Bent have criticised Kiko Casilla for the manner in which he conceded Leeds United’s fourth goal on Wednesday night.
The decisive goals which Leeds conceded came late in the second half when Casilla, who had a poor game, came off his line only for Jack Marriott to dink the ball over him for what was the winner.
Hasselbaink stated that Casilla should have stayed big on his line like Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel used to do in his hay day.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side imploded in the most dramatic of fashions at Elland Road which ended their hopes of reaching the Premier League for the first time in 15 years with the defeat to Derby.
Speaking to Sky Sports Football (15/05/2019) after the match, Hasselbaink and Bent felt the January signing could have done a lot better with that goal.
“Playing with Keogh, he loves to drive forward with the ball even at times when he takes a few risks,” Bent told Sky Sports Football. “Once he gets up there, nine times out of ten, he picks out the right pass. That’s a fantastic pass to Marriott.
Hasselbaink added: “The weight of the pass is giving Marriott a chance to hit it the first time,”
Bent replied: “Even with that finish because the keeper goes out so early, if he [Marriott] goes around him he takes him out for a penalty anyway. He should stay big.”
Hasselbaink then concluded by saying: “Stay big. Do a Schmeichel. Be really big. Only Schmeichel can do a Schmeichel. But he has to be as big as possible and let him do something instead of making his mind up. And he made his mind up.”
It was an epic fall for Leeds, who towards the end of the regular campaign looked like they were going to earn promotion automatically, but now they are set to stay in the second tier for another year.
They went into the Derby game with a one-goal lead. That was doubled early in the first half, but substitute Marriott struck seconds after coming onto the pitch after a mix-up between Casilla and Liam Cooper.
Mason Mount then added a third for his team minutes after the restart, but Stuart Dallas levelled the scores on aggregate not long after. Then Marriott struck the winning goal to end a cruel crushing night for those in Leeds colours.