Leeds United fans have taken to social media to rage over Thomas Christiansen’s decision to bring on star attacker Samuel Saiz in their shock FA Cup defeat to Newport County.
The Whites let a 1-0 half time lead slip as the League Two side netted twice in the second 45 minutes, including an 89th minute winner, to secure a 2-1 win and progression to the fourth round of the competition, dumping the former winner out at the first hurdle.
However there was a moment of controversy in the aftermath of Shawn McCoulsky’s late winner, as referee Dean proceeded to show Saiz, who was came off the substitutes’ bench after 75 minutes, a straight red card prior to Leeds’ kick off.
While the reasoning behind the Spaniard’s dismissal is unclear, Newport’s Robbie Wilmott seeming to indicate something on his shirt to the officials, Leeds fans have turned to Twitter to blast the decision from the manager to bring him off the bench, with the sending off set to see the summer signing set to serve at least a three game suspension.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) January 7, 2018
And Saiz sent off, couldn’t have been a worse game
— Matthew Smailes (@matty_smailes_8) January 7, 2018
Said before the game I’ve read this story before. Now Saiz has picked up a pointless ban. Typical #lufc never ever learn from previous mistakes
— Mark Schofield (@Scoffer8) January 7, 2018
Well done Christiansen bring Saiz on gets sent off
— Zak Orton (@zakorton1) January 7, 2018
Absolutely terrible! This second string have shown they aren’t up to it. Also three match ban for Saiz now. Pathetic.
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) January 7, 2018
Tomas Christiansen, thanks for this total disgrace.
— LUFC_Ads (@adslufc1) January 7, 2018
3 game plus however many more. Why put Saiz on in a game like this ffs
— Liam James (@LiamJamesLUFC) January 7, 2018
We went out to lose. Team selection was awful and now Saiz is banned. Congrats Christiansen
— Christopher Smith (@uksmithyy) January 7, 2018
Saiz has established himself as a crucial member of the Whites’ squad since arriving from SD Huesca over the summer, making 25 appearances, scoring nine goals and chipping in with five assists.
In other Leeds United news, the club’s fans have destroyed the display of one attacker in the Newport defeat.