By Noel Whelan

27th Dec, 2019 | 5:44pm

'By far the worst' - Noel Whelan rips 'Dire' Leeds players apart in brutal verdict v Preston

Noel Whelan has ripped into the performance of the Leeds United players after the 1-1 draw against Preston North End on Thursday.

The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he cannot remember the last time he saw a worse 30 minutes from football that he did in the Boxing Day clash.

Preston took the lead at Elland Road courtesy of Alan Browne, Stuart Dallas sparing the home side’s blushes with an 89th-minute equaliser.

Whelan was highly critical of what he saw from Marcelo Bielsa’s men for first third of the game, insisting he had not seen a worse display in recent times.

Whelan told Football Insider: “By far the worst performance in 30 minutes I can remember watching for a very long time. Very disjointed, all over the place, looked like strangers at times.

“The passing was slack, no intensity to the game, couldn’t put two or three passes together and it was almost like they were waiting for Preston to score before they kicked into action.

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“Watching it, it was dire, it really was such a bad performance for the first half an hour. If we’d have carried on that way, we’d have lost by two or three. I can only look at that as two points dropped.”

Leeds have now gone three games without a win, drawing against Cardiff and losing to Fulham prior to the Preston clash.

Their next two fixtures are away from home, with a trip to Birmingham and West Brom either side of new year’s eve.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan says that the criticism of one Elland Road ace is hugely unfair.