By Aramide Oladipo

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that matchday officials should have given a foul to Leeds United before awarding a penalty against them on the weekend.

Referee Keith Stroud awarded a penalty to Middlesbrough in the second-half after Leeds defender Luke Ayling was adjusted to have fouled Daniel Ayala.

After a brief conversation with the assistant referee, Stroud pointed to the spot which incensed the Elland Road faithful and the Leeds players as Ayala appeared to foul Ayling beforehand.

When asked about the incident on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Sky Sports Daily show (November 20, 11:00am), Gallagher believes that Leeds were very unfortunate to concede the penalty.

“For whatever reason, the assistant hasn’t seen it,” he said.

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“All I can think is that he’s looking across at the dropping zone where the ball is and when’s he looked up, he’s seen what Ayling has done.

“But, without doubt the first foul should have been punished.”

Although Middlesbrough summer signing Britt Assombalonga converted the spot kick, the decision did not come back to haunt Leeds as they managed to hold on and secure a 2-1 victory.

Goals from Pablo Hernandez and Ergjan Alioski were enough for the Whites to record their first win in four matches in all competitions.

It was an emotional charged encounter as Garry Monk returned to Elland Road for the first time since his controversial departure during the summer.

Thomas Christiansen’s team will look to build on the victory when they face Wolves in the Championship on Wednesday night.

In other Leeds United news, Monk gave his verdict on the Whites fans after Sunday’s loss for his side.

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