By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have reacted angrily on Twitter to referee Keith Stroud’s performance against Bristol City as their winning streak came to an abrupt halt.
The 47-year-old was at the centre of controversy throughout the match that eventually saw him send off Leeds boss Garry Monk during his side’s 1-0 loss on Tuesday night.
Monk was sent off after reacting angrily to a yellow card picked up by in-demand left-back Charlie Taylor during the latter stages of the games, as emotions blew over.
Marlon Pack’s 59th-minute winner for Lee Johnson’s side has ended Leeds four-match winning run that had seen triumphs over the likes of Blackburn, Cardiff and Ipswich.
Leeds fans are not happy with Stroud’s performance, with many believing the Bournemouth-born official missed a foul on Spaniard Pablo Hernandez in the build up to Pack’s goal.
Here are a selection of their tweets:
Just seen the Bristol City goal… definitely a foul. Ref was giving those throughout the whole game. Feel even more annoyed now!!! #lufc
— Martyn Evans (@martynevo) September 27, 2016
This ref is awful tonight ! #lufc
— James (@jimmy_L_UFC) September 27, 2016
Little man syndrome taken over this game. Tomlin and the Ref. #LUFC
— James (@JamesLUFC) September 27, 2016
Ref was shocking too. Definitely a foul on Pablo before they scored. #lufc
— Kevin Williams 💙💛 (@williamsk67) September 27, 2016
Sounds like this ref feels football is a non-contact sport ffs #lufc
— LickMyKlich (@carlos061181) September 27, 2016
Referee was absolutely shocking. The Football League is corrupt #lufc
— Stephen Barry (@StephenBarry20) September 28, 2016
Poor referee. As usual. Stood off them for their goal. As usual. Deserved more than we got though. As usual. #lufc
— Jake (@Jonesylufc88) September 27, 2016
One fan has even considered the possibility that the former Swansea boss could be looked at as England’s next manager after Sam Allardyce left the role.
Tuesday night’s loss means that Leeds must pick themselves up on Saturday as they aim to generate some momentum before the international break.
They face Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at Elland Road, who have been performing above all expectations and find themselves in 10th place.