By Richard Parks
Ezgjan Alioski was given the nod to start Leeds United’s Championship 1-0 defeat against Millwall on Saturday – and fans took to Twitter to claim he struggled to make an impact.
Alioski was named in the starting XI for the seventh time in Leeds’ eight league fixtures this season as manager Thomas Christiansen made only one enforced change from the side that beat Birmingham City 2-0 in midweek.
But the Macedonia international found it difficult to get on the ball in what was a fiercely contested match won by Aiden O’Brien’s goal after 73 minutes.
He was replaced at half-time by Kemar Roofe as part of a double substitution in which Stuart Dallas replaced Pablo Hernandez.
Supporters of the Yorkshire giants pointed out that Alioski had an introduction to a classic Championship fixture.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
As great as Alioski, Saiz and Lasogga are I think it needs a few players who know what a “MILLWALL” is. #LUFC wanna see Dallas get on.
— Justin Hardy (@Hardyboy79) September 16, 2017
— Abhinav Shukla (@JustShukla) September 16, 2017
Alioski and Saiz getting an introduction to classic English football and they’re struggling slightly, Dallas and Roofe on soon I think #lufc
— Tom Raynor (@TOMLUFC1995) September 16, 2017
Can we invoice Macedonia for breaking Alioski on international duty? #lufc
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) September 16, 2017
They doubling/tripling up on Alioski, he comes forward, they dispossess him and then charge 3v1 up the wing #lufc
— Matt Foster (@_mattfoster) September 16, 2017
Not good enough so far needs improvement and need to get alioski and Saiz into the game???? #lufc
— Lufc4ever (@albans_fc) September 16, 2017
Poor half that. Not the game for Hernandez or alioski for me. Roofe and Dallas more suited to this game #lufc
— carl smith (@carlsmith_88) September 16, 2017
Leeds suffered their first defeat of the season from 10 matches in all competitions, eight of which have come in the Championship.
They remain top of the table, ahead of second-placed Wolves and Cardiff City in third only on goal difference.
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