Patrick Vieira rues Crystal Palace's missed chances against Leeds

‘When you don’t put away your chances, you know you can get punished’: Patrick Vieira blames wasted opportunities for Crystal Palace’s last-gasp defeat at Leeds and has no complaints about penalty given against Marc Guehi

  • Late Raphinha penalty condemned Crystal Palace to 1-0 defeat against Leeds
  • Patrick Vieira said he was frustrated with his team’s profligacy in front of goal
  • Christian Benteke missed two great chances to win the game for Palace
  • Defeat at Elland Road leaves the Eagles 12th on the Premier League table 
  • Palace travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday afternoon 

Crystal Palace’s manager Patrick Vieira felt his team were unlucky to lose 1-0 against Leeds on Tuesday night and admitted the Eagles’ profligacy in front of goal was a major source of frustration.

An injury-time penalty from Raphinha secured all the three points for the home side at Elland Road, leaving the visitors to rue a series of missed chances.

Christian Benteke, a second half substitute, spurned a glorious opportunity just five minutes after coming as he headed a Wilfried Zaha’s cross wide from close range. The Belgian had another opportunity late on, but Leeds keeper Illan Meslier stopped his shot just before it crossed the line.

Patrick Vieira was disappointed with his team’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal

The manner of the defeat irked Vieira, who has seen his side lose twice within four days following a 2-1 loss at home to Aston Villa on Saturday. 

‘I’m frustrated because we were the better team,’ the Frenchman said. 

‘When you don’t put away your chances, you know you can get punished.

‘I don’t want to focus on the penalty. We had a couple of good chances, especially in the second half. We didn’t have the technical ability to play the right ball at the right time in the right space. I thought we were really unlucky.’

Christian Benteke should have scored when Wilfried Zaha picked him out for a free header

The Belgian could only head wide from close-range, much to the relief of Leeds defenders

Palace could have temporarily climbed up to seventh with a win, instead they remained 12th and could find themselves 16th by the end of the mid-week round of Premier League games, pending tomorrow’s results.

Despite the defeat, however, Vieira insisted there were positives to take from the performance.

‘It’s a difficult place to come. We knew the chances would come in the second half,’ the former Arsenal captain continued. 

‘If we defend that way away from home, we’ll win more matches than we lose.

Raphinha held his nerve to score as he fired the ball past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita

Leeds claimed some much-needed three points courtesy of the injury-time winner

‘The last game against Villa we didn’t perform at all, but in this one we performed. We just have to accept the result. Some of the games have gone in our favour – tonight it didn’t.’

Palace will be in action on the other side of the Pennines on Sunday, as they travel to Manchester United. 

During his playing days Vieira enjoyed some memorable moments at Old Trafford and suggested another famous win could be on the cards, should his players produce another performance like the display against Leeds.

‘We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to focus on our next game,’ he continued.

The Frenchman urged his players to remain focused ahead of Sunday’s clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford 

‘Coming away from home, putting in a performance like that and creating chances, we certainly should have got something out of the game – or maybe even taken three points.

‘I think our performance was a positive performance. Away to Leeds is going to be a tough evening, but we matched them all over the pitch and created better chances.’

‘When you see the referee give the signal, you know there’s something there. You just prepare yourself for what’s coming next.’

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