By Dominic Toner
Matt Grimes was involved in a dramatic Leeds victory on Tuesday night – but the club’s supporters were furious on Twitter with his performance.
The Whites secured a 3-2 win on penalties against Championship rivals Norwich at Elland Road, meaning they booked their place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
First-half goals from Alex Pritchard and Marcus Antonsson sent the game into extra-time, before Chris Wood cancelled out Nelson Oliviera’s goal to take the game to penalties.
Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri saved three spot-kicks in a dramatic shoot-out in which victory was sealed for the home side when academy product Ronaldo Vieira, 18, scored the decisive spot-kick.
Midfielder Grimes was handed just his third start of the season against Norwich and was involved in the entire contest, including missing his penalty in the shoot-out by blazing the ball over the crossbar.
Leeds supporters expressed their anger with Grimes’ efforts and believe he failed to influence the game.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Terminate grimes loan pls @LUFC
— Tom (@thomas_wilson04) October 25, 2016
What has grimes done tonight? ?
— Austin LUFC Pillay (@Austin4evaLEEDS) October 25, 2016
Grimes is absolutely woeful. #lufc
— Ryan (@Ryan_Currie1) October 25, 2016
Grimes non existent
— Niall Murray (@MurrierLUFC) October 25, 2016
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) October 25, 2016
Has Grimes touched the ball yet?
— paul warrick (LUFC) (@paulwarrick3) October 25, 2016
Has grimes had a touch #lufc
— Tom Childs (@TomChilds1) October 25, 2016
— Barnesy (@Barnesy44) October 25, 2016
that penalty miss from grimes just summed up his evening tonight for me #lufc
— Simmo (@1simmo1) October 25, 2016
Grimes, 21, completed a season-long loan move to Elland Road in the summer from Swansea.
The central midfielder has now made seven appearances in all competitions and is yet to register a goal or an assist.
The England Under-21 international has failed to settle since his arrival and is currently far down in Garry Monk’s pecking order of midfielders.