Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis called on Daniel Ayala for a mistake that led Leeds United to a 1-1 draw at Riverside Stadium on Saturday, boosting the delight of Whites fans.
In the 11th minute of stoppage time, the whites grabbed a point to briefly bring back to the top of the championship, before Norwich recaptured the summit on Sunday.
Ayala was to blame for the mishap that allowed Calvin Phillips to score his late, important goal, although Pulis admitted that his team was beaten after the break.
"In the second half I thought Leeds would be the better team," the Welshman told reporters at his post-match press conference. "I thought, sometimes they really put pressure on us, and the boys reached the goal.
"We just had to own a bit more, we got a bit of a rash.
"Before you score, there are two or three occasions when we split up … You know that Ayala has come into possession when he can make a simple pass make the right decisions. "
The fans of Leeds quickly jumped into social media after Pulis had made his comments, with many focusing on the Spaniard's mistake.
Ayala is a bit unusual among Elland Road believers after having committed an incident last season in which, under dubious circumstances, he won a penalty for Boro.
What I loved most about Kalvin's goal was the fact that Cooper defeated Ayala with the first header for Phillips and then defeated him home #lufc
– Conor Thorpe (@ ConLUFC93) February 10, 2019
– Magazine (@deadbloke) February 9, 2019
It's nice to see that Ayala was to blame for the goal of Quest on Leeds #efl last night. Terrible, evil player wishes him well in his future football career. He almost wants him to play in the first division, just to see how many times he was sent out. #lufc
– David Palmer (@davestillravin) February 10, 2019
Leeds is due a few weeks ago not to get involved in the deciding fight to secure a long-awaited return to the English top football class.
Next, they meet in Wednesday's Elland Road in the week after Swansea City in another crash crash, before they have taken a 10-day break in the game against Bolton.
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