Sam Allardyce slams his Leeds side for wasting a free-kick in his return to the dugout vs


‘What a f****** waste’: Sam Allardyce slams his team for squandering a free-kick chance in his return to the dugout – as Leeds suffer 2-1 defeat to Manchester City after going two goals down before half-time

Sam Allardyce slammed his Leeds players after they wasted a free-kick opportunity during their 2-1 defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday. 

It was a frustrating return to the dug out for the Englishman who was appointed as the new manager of the relegation threatened side after Javi Gracia was sacked last week.  

Ilkay Gundogan scored a stunning duo of goals, to give Pep Guardiola’s side a 2-0 lead early on in the match. 

But Allardyce looked infuriated with his side, as referee Andy Madley awarded Leeds a free kick on the half-way line, giving them an opportunity to put some pressure on Man City just before half-time. 

Much to the manager’s frustration, the free-kick was wasted, with the ball sailing far too long over the City backline before going out for a goal kick.  

The Sky Sports cameras then cut to Allardyce on the touchline who looked livid, and was seen mouthing the words ‘what a f****** waste.’ 

Sam Allardyce returned to the dug out as Leeds succumbed to a 2-1 loss by Manchester City

Sam Allardyce returned to the dug out as Leeds succumbed to a 2-1 loss by Manchester City

Allardyce was seen lambasting his team after they wasted a free-kick during before half-time

Allardyce was seen lambasting his team after they wasted a free-kick during before half-time

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in the first half to give City a commanding lead at the break

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in the first half to give City a commanding lead at the break

Despite that, the Leeds boss can commend the fight his team showed until the end and while Manchester City looked in control throughout the match, Guardiola was also incensed with his players after Gundogan failed to convert a penalty in the second half. 

The City boss seemed furious with his star-striker Erling Haaland and fumed at the Norwegian after he decided to pass the ball to his German team-mate, perhaps in a show of kindness to give him the chance to net his hat-trick. 

The Spaniard was seen venting his frustrations on the sideline, shouting to Haaland:  ‘No, you have to take it. You have to take it.’

The Norwegian had also failed to convert several clear cut chances in the run up to the penalty decision, testing Joel Robles in the Leeds net once after the break, before hitting the post himself soon after. 

Pep Guardiola (pictured) fumed at his side too as Erling Haaland let Gundogan take a penalty

Pep Guardiola (pictured) fumed at his side too as Erling Haaland let Gundogan take a penalty 

Haaland (left) gave the ball to Gundogan (right), but he missed the resulting spot-kick

Haaland (left) gave the ball to Gundogan (right), but he missed the resulting spot-kick 

The Norwegian also missed several chances, hitting the woodwork during the second-half

The Norwegian also missed several chances, hitting the woodwork during the second-half

Rodrigo got one back for Leeds with six minutes left, spelling a nervy finish for city

Rodrigo got one back for Leeds with six minutes left, spelling a nervy finish for city

Allardyce (left) has been absent from the touchline since he departed West Brom in 2021

Allardyce (left) has been absent from the touchline since he departed West Brom in 2021

And Guardiola looked even more annoyed with his players as he sank deep into his chair in the dug out after Rodrigo scored a goal for Leeds with six minutes left to play, capitalising on some poor defending at the back from the home side

With the scores at 2-1, it was a very nervy finish for Man City, with Leeds finding some energy late in the game, pressing on the home side but would ultimately fail to cut the deficit again. 

Before the match, Allardyce was seen on Sky Sports’ coverage of the match, walking out of the tunnel saying: ‘Here we go again.’

Having now held coaching positions at 14 domestic teams in England and Ireland, with Allardyce returning to the touchline today after he departed West Brom in 2021. 

 

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