By Wayne Veysey

17th Apr, 2017 | 5:04pm

Noel Whelan delivers instant verdict on Leeds display against Wolves

By Harry Sykes

Noel Whelan claimed Leeds paid the price for a terrible first-half display as they slumped to a 1-0 Championship defeat to Wolves on Monday.

A first-half goal from Nouha Dicko was enough to secure the three points for Paul Lambert’s visitors and inflict a damaging defeat on the Yorkshire giants.

Garry Monk’s side have dropped out of the play-off positions as their defeat coincided with victories for Fulham, who beat Aston Villa 3-1, and Sheffield Wednesday, who defeated QPR 2-1.

Former Leeds striker Whelan, who covers all of their matches for BBC Radio Leeds, did not pull any punches as he gave his instant verdict on the performance from the home side.

“It’s hard to get my head around this one,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live matchday blog (Monday, 4.58pm). “First 45 minutes, Leeds didn’t deserve anything. The second half, with the personnel changes, probably. But they didn’t seem to be at the races in the first half – they were forcing passes that weren’t on, giving sloppy passes away.

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“Leeds should have come back off that Newcastle draw being elated – but they did not turn up. They should have taken so much confidence from that. They toiled and probed today but actually created little.”

Leeds have dropped to seventh in the table with three matches of the Championship campaign remaining.

They are level on points with sixth-placed Fulham – both sides have accumulated 73 points – but the Londoners have a superior goal difference.

Wednesday have climbed to fifth in the table, and it appears that the trio are now vying for the last two play-off spots to face Huddersfield and Reading in the semi-finals.

In other Leeds news, they have been strongly tipped to sign an international midfielder who has been a goal machine this season while ripping up the league.

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