By Noel Whelan

3rd Feb, 2020 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Noel Whelan rips into two 'Criminal' Leeds players

Noel Whelan pointed the finger at Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison as “criminal” Leeds United dropped three points at home to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the side’s inability to take their opportunities has “come back to bite them.”

West Brom, who beat Luton Town by two goals to nil, replaced the Whites at the summit of the Championship after they lost 1-0 to a struggling Latics side at Elland Road.

The only goal of the game coming as Pablo Hernandez‘s deflected a Joe Williams corner into his own net on the hour mark.

Despite having 19 shots Marcelo Bielsa’s side could not find a way past Wigan goalkeeper David Marshall.

When asked if poor finishing was to blame for the defeat, Wheland told Football Insider: “You look at the strikers, at the chances that were missed. That is a massive part. Games like that, where teams come with a very organised, difficult set-up when you get an opportunity it is imperative to put one in the back of the net. 

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“We have been going on and on and on about the number of chances we create and the goals that we miss. Again, that has come back to bite us. 

“Patrick Bamford is not the only person that missed chances. The best one landed to Jack Harrison. When you look at the chances that were missed. It is criminal.” 

New signing Jean-Kevin Augustin watched on from the stands and United fans will hope he can be the put an end to their wastefulness in front of goal.

The Whites travel to the City Ground on Saturday to face Sabri Lamouchi’s, Nottingham Forest.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has questioned the attitude of new arrival.