Sam Allardyce slams Leeds after wasting free-kick vs Man City

‘What a f****** waste’: Sam Allardyce slams his team for squandering a free-kick chance in his return to the dugout – as Leeds go down 2-0 to Manchester City before half-time

  • Sam Allardyce slammed his side after they wasted a free-kick against Man City
  • Man City took an early lead with Ilkay Gundogan scoring twice in the first-half
  • Leeds got a goal back in the game thanks to Rodrigo’s late pinpoint strike  

Sam Allardyce slammed his Leeds players after they wasted a free-kick opportunity as they went 2-0 down before half-time to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. 

Leeds are currently battling to climb away from the relegation zone and after sacking Javi Gracia last week, Allardyce was appointed as his successor, and returned to the dug out for the first time today since he departed West Brom in 2021. 

Yet, he was visibly disappointed with his side just before half-time, after they had conceded two goals in the opening 45 minutes, with Ilkay Gundogan striking a duo of goals to give Pep Guardiola’s side an early lead. He could have made it 3-0 in the second half from the penalty spot but un-characteristically hit the woodwork. 

Just before half time, referee Andy Madley awarded Leeds a free kick just on the half-way line, and they had an opportunity to put some pressure on Man City deep in their half, but the wasteful free-kick went over the city backline and out of play, much to the manager’s distaste.

The Sky Sports cameras then cut to the Leeds boss on the touchline who looked livid and can be seen mouthing the words ‘what a f****** waste.’ 

Sam Allardyce returned to the dug out for the first time since 2021 as Leeds conceded two goals in the first half to Manchester City

The Leeds boss was seen lambasting his team after they wasted a free-kick during just before the second half of the match

Manchester City looked in control throughout the game and came out in the second-half with Erling Haaland testing Joel Robles before coming back again to hit the woodwork.

But they were made to rue their missed chances with, Rodrigo getting one back for Leeds with six minutes to go spelling, capitalising on some poor defending from Pep Guardiola’s side to strike a pinpoint finish past Ederson in net to make the scores 2-1 and make it a nervy finish for City. 

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

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