Matt Kilgallon has told BBC Radio Leeds that Luke Ayling will be disappointed with his error in Leeds United’s FA Cup win over Cardiff City on Wednesday, but suggested that he would still pick him over Rasmus Kristensen at right-back this weekend.

Jesse Marsch’s men booked their spot in the fourth round with a comfortable win against the Bluebirds at Elland Road. Some of the football going forward was absolutely scintillating.

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However, Leeds could not help themselves throwing the clean sheet away late on. The Whites were 5-0 up when Ayling let a tame cross go through his legs, allowing the visitors to get one back. A late penalty would see the Championship side get another back before full-time.

Kilgallon wants Luke Ayling at right-back when Leeds face Brentford

It was a terrible mistake from the Englishman. And with Kristensen having one of his better games, there may be some fans who are wary of Ayling starting against Brentford this week.

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However, Kilgallon believes that the 31-year-old needs to keep his place on the right given the importance of the game.

“He’ll be disappointed because he has got back in the team. Kristensen did well tonight, so it’s probably something he didn’t really need to do. But for me, Luke still starts at right-back,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.

“[Kristensen] was up and down. He came out of his position at the right times I thought, and put three or four good crosses in today. But for me, with a massive game against Brentford on Sunday, Luke goes back in.”

Hopefully, Ayling’s error came in the right game. It did appear that he just wanted to be too casual on the ball. And that would have been influenced by the fact that Leeds were 5-0 up at the time.

You would like to think that he would not make the same mistake if the Whites are protecting a narrow lead against Brentford this weekend. He almost definitely won’t after Wednesday night.

Ayling has probably been the better of the right-backs this season. But it is also fair to say that it has not been a position of strength in this campaign.

So neither player can really complain if Marsch makes a change. All we can hope is that whoever gets the nod this weekend steps up in a big way.

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