Sam Allardyce has told his post-match press conference that none of Leeds United’s five substitutes made an impact on Sunday afternoon – as West Ham United came from behind to beat Leeds 3-1 at the London Stadium.
Rodrigo had given Leeds the lead but after an injury to Patrick Bamford, West Ham equalised. Declan Rice, in what might be his last game in front of West Ham’s home crowd, caressing the ball into the ground and then the net.
West Ham dominated the second half. Jarrod Bowen put West Ham ahead with his 12th goal of the season, and his 21st involvement – before Manu Lanzini came off the bench to finish, after Lucas Paqueta produced a bit of magic.
Leeds look beleaguered. Confidence shot towards the end, lacking energy. Allardyce said after the loss that none of the subs – Willy Gnonto, Cree Summerville, Marc Roca, Brenden Aaronson and Sam Greenwood – made an impact.
“Expected better impact from the subs which did not come. Unfortunately, none of the subs made a difference when we needed them. Subs are your impact, but that did not work today,” Allardyce said – as per Leeds Live.
Allardyce says none of Leeds five substitutes made an impact on Sunday
It is a bit harsh. Gnonto struggled, making a number of fouls. Summerville could have scored after being played through on goal by Roca – with the Spaniard’s first touch, a gorgeous pass. But he fluffed his lines, his shot saved.
Aaronson did very little, the £25m man playing in a deeper role and Greenwood had little time to do anything other than being strangled to the ground by Vladimir Coufal – no foul, somehow. It is still possible Leeds survive.
But if we are going to, then everything has got to be aligned. Not only do we need to produce a perfect display to beat a Spurs side also fighting for Europe – but we have to ask Bournemouth for a massive favour and stop Everton.