Gary Neville has told Sky Sports during his role as commentator as Leeds United suffered a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa that Pascal Struijk “struggled” at Villa Park on Friday evening – failing to contain Villa wide man Leon Bailey throughout.

It was Bailey that put behind him the tears that flowed last week, to open the scoring against us. Cutting inside after a break from a Leeds corner – as seems to be the way – Bailey curled an effort into the top corner. A woeful start for us.

However, Leeds rallied and were easily the best team on the night. Numerous chances, but failing to just show enough cutting edge in the final third. Rodrigo had one off the line, another disallowed. Jack Harrison missed a golden chance.

Emi Buendia made it 2-0 and although Patrick Bamford got one back after coming off the bench, Leeds suffered a loss. The wait for a Premier League win stretches back to November 5, when we beat Bournemouth 4-3. Neville was critical.

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He said that Struijk, who was poor against Cardiff City, simply could not deal with £30m Bailey, for the entirety of the match: “Leeds have struggled to contain Bailey all night, he’s been the one. Pascal Struijk has struggled defensively.”

Neville: Leeds defender Struijk struggled to contain Villa man Bailey

Struijk has been poor of late and perhaps the signing of Max Wober has been a knock to his confidence. When Wober was done, the belief was that Liam Cooper would drop out – Wober going into the middle of the back line, or left-back.

Struijk deputising in either position. But after the last couple of defensive displays, you would suggest that captain Cooper keeps his place and Wober comes in at left-back. A big decision for Marsch. Positives to take from last night.

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