Noel Whelan delivered a stinging verdict of Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier’s performance against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that he “would expect most goalkeepers” to save Helder Costa’s deflected effort which resulted in the Eagles third goal.
Patrick van Aanholt’s cross deflected off Leeds winger Costa and past Meslier, 20, at the near posts just before half time to give the hosts a 3-1 lead going into the interval.
It was one of four goals conceded by Marcelo Bielsa’s side at Selhurst Park, who now hold the worst defensive record in the division (17 goals conceded in eight games).
Whelan did not hold back in his criticism of the young goalkeeper for his performance last weekend.
“Meslier should have done much better,” he told Football Insider.
“I am no goalkeeper but his positioning for the own goal was not right. Even when the deflected cross came in, it was outside the 18 yard box, there was 20 yards to react.
“He should have got down and covered that near post area. It was poor on his part. He could have done a lot better.
“I do not think it is Costa’s fault. He did the right thing tracking back.
“I would expect most goalkeepers to save that from 22 yards out with a deflection. His positioning was wrong and he was slow to react.
“It is these little things that will cost us. Defensively we are getting found out and it is the defensive side that is letting us down at the moment.”
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