Reading 18-year-old launches accusation at Leeds defender
By Danny Wright
Reading player Reece Oxford has accused Leeds’ Liam Cooper of stamping on his head.
The 18-year-old, who is on loan from West Ham, was on the ground when the Leeds defender caught him on the back of his head.
Referee Keith Stroud did not punish Cooper for the incident, but Oxford has since said that he believes it may have been intentional.
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“I thought it was a stamp. I couldn’t see it but it felt like someone just stood on my head,” said Oxford, as quoted by the Reading Chronicle.
“I didn’t see who it was to be fair but I’m going to go home and watch it to see what happened.”
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Leeds fans were less than impressed with Cooper’s display against Reading and took to social media after the game to slam the defender.
The Royals leapfrogged Leeds in the Championship standings by winning the fiery encounter by one goal.
Yann Kermorgant, who had a lot to say about Leeds in the run up to the game, scored the only goal of the match in the 21st minute.
With seven games of the campaign left to play, Garry Monk’s side are now just six points clear of seventh place as they look to secure a play-off spot.
Automatic promotion now appears to be out of the question as second-placed Brighton pulled away from the chasing pack with a narrow win over Blackburn.
The West Yorkshire club have now won just once in their last four matches and take on Brentford at Griffin Park in their next fixture on Tuesday night.
In other Leeds news, Neil Redfearn delivers his thoughts on the club’s play-off chances.