By Alex Stevens
Lewie Coyle played the full 90 minutes of Leeds’ 3-2 defeat to Barnsley on Saturday – and fans took to Twitter to pan his performance.
The Elland Road academy product was named in the starting XI for the second consecutive match as Garry Monk was once again forced to field a makeshift defence.
With Pontus Jansson suspended and injured duo Charlie Taylor and Liam Cooper also unavailable, Coyle was deployed at right-back as regular Luke Ayling partnered Kyle Bartley in central defence.
With Gaetano Berardi at left-back for the sixth consecutive match, it was the same rejigged defence that contributed to the impressive 1-0 win against Derby eight days ago.
But the back line struggled to deal with the Barnsley attack in an enthralling Yorkshire derby after Chris Wood had given Leeds the lead.
Three goals in nine minutes from Barnsley trio Tom Bradshaw, Ryan Kent and Conor Hourihane put the homse side in control even though Wood gave his team some hope with a late penalty, his 19th goal of the season.
Supporters were critical of the performance of former Coyle, 21, who was making just his seventh appearance of the season.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Coyle has struggled a bit today
— matthew kidd (@kiddy683) January 21, 2017
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) January 21, 2017
Unfortunately Ayling, Coyle and Viera were at 6s and 7s. Duke and Roofe didn’t impact the game positively. #lufc
— WeAllLoveLeeds (@weallloveleeds_) January 21, 2017
Doukara and coyle shocking tonight no need !!!! #lufc
— joff miller (@jonathanmille20) January 21, 2017
— WaltzMasinga (@leedscityfc1904) January 21, 2017
Jansson a huge miss. Coyle exposed tonight but run had to end sometime. Well beaten tonight #lufc
— burdinho (@burdinho) January 21, 2017
Coyle and Doukara have been poor tonight. I hate Doukara. #lufc
— Daryl (@DazSmith94) January 21, 2017
Coyle not quite there yet, struggled all game at right back. #lufc
— Bealo (@BealoLUFC) January 21, 2017
Leeds’ defeat to Barnsley was their first loss since being defeated by Brighton on 9 December and ends their excellent form either side of the festive period.
Garry Monk’s side drop to fourth in the table after the last of the Saturday fixtures, with Huddersfield leapfrogging them to climb to third.
Leeds are now nine points adrift of Brighton in the second automatic promotion place.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.