By Will Butcher
Leeds fans believe manager Garry Monk was a victim of Referee Keith Stroud’s poor performance on Twitter.
The 37-year-old was sent to the stands during the latter stages of the match after reacting angrily to a foul and a yellow card given against left-back Charlie Taylor.
Disgruntled fans believe Stroud had influenced proceedings too much, with Lee Johnson’s Bristol City profiting on Tuesday night as they secured a 1-0 win.
Stroud was jeered as he left the pitch by the away support, as their side lost to a second half goal from captain Marlon Pack. Many believe that the goal should not have stood as Stroud had missed a foul on ex-Spain international Pablo Hernandez.
Fans believe that the Bournemouth-born referee had in fact made the wrong decision to send off their young manager, with many criticising his performance as a whole.
Here are a selection of their tweets:
— Gary Holmes (@gary_custer1999) September 27, 2016
— Pontus Batesy (@BatesyLufc) September 27, 2016
90+4’ Referee made an utter mess of this one. I’d be sitting with Monk. Last minute now.
— Through It All LIVE (@ThruItAllLIVE) September 27, 2016
Garry Monk sent to stands says it all about this referee😂
— George (@GeorgeKitcher) September 27, 2016
— RightInTheGaryKellys (@RITGK) September 27, 2016
WTF. Garry Monk sent into the stands by the ref 😓
— LEEDS UTD INDONESIA (@IndoLeedsUtd) September 27, 2016
Monk sent to the stands. Sums this game up… #lufc
— NATHAN LEEDS (@nathanlufc1234) September 27, 2016
— Stephen H (@TheStephenH) September 27, 2016
Tuesday night’s loss means the end of Leeds four-match winning streak, and Monk will be looking to increase morale before Saturday as they aim to generate some momentum before the international break.
They face Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at Elland Road, who have been performing above all expectations and find themselves in 10th place.