Noel Whelan has ripped into Southampton winger Nathan Tella for trying to “cheat” against Leeds United. 

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Ralph Hasenhuttl needed to take a look at his own team before berating the Whites.

Speaking after the game, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Saints boss accused Leeds of making “simple fouls” in midfield to prevent the Saints from counter-attacking.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who won 3-0 on Tuesday night, actually made two fewer fouls than the visitors at Elland Road.

A big talking point came when VAR overturned a decision to award a penalty after Tella appeared to initiate contact with Diego Llorente.

Whelan has ripped into the 21-year-old for trying to con the officials and suggested Hasenhuttl needed to look at his own side before complaining about Leeds.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I didn’t really see anything there.

“I mean, I think if anything, you’ve got to start talking about the players that are throwing themselves into the Leeds United players, trying to cheat and get a penalty.

“To me, that’d be the first thing to talk about.

“Deal with your own issues first and the players that are trying to cheat the other team and bring the game into disrepute by just blatant cheating.

Southampton winger Nathan Tella reacts against Leeds United

“I mean there’s nothing else to describe it, but that is exactly what it is.

“Without a repercussion of getting a yellow card. I’m not sure where this is gonna stop.”

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