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Unsung hero: Kiko Casilla stopped a Leeds United embarrassment

A night to forget for Leeds United fans, who watched their team drop vital points against a struggling QPR side.

It’s not looking promising for Leeds United whose defeat at Queens Park Rangers has really opened up the promotion race, and with only two wins in five games now, a visit from West Bromwich Albion on Friday couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Things could have been very different, as well.

An early opportunity created by Tyler Roberts went missing when his pass was fired wired by

Tyler Roberts created one of the earliest opportunities of the game meandering into the host’s box unchallenged, but Pablo Hernandez was unable to capitalise on the golden opportunity presented to him firing wide of Lumley’s right-hand post.

Finishing has been a major problem for Bielsa’s men recently and their visit to Lotus Road was no different with key shots fired in from Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford to no avail.

Shortly after the restart, QPR would capitalise on the visitor’s wastefulness through a close-range Freeman goal.

Things could have been worse if it was not for the quality of former Real Madrid man Kiko Casilla, who managed to save Freeman’s low driven shot and Nahki Wells’ follow-up attempt.

A late flurry from Leeds nearly returned a solitary point back to West Yorkshire, but Bamford was twice unable to beat a determined Lumley in QPR’s goal.

QPR’s Luke Freeman deserved to claim the Man of the Match for his goal and energetic efforts throughout the game. However, we’d like to mention Kiko Casilla (a relative bargain considering his Transfermarkt rating of £2.7m) for putting in one of the few quality performances from a Leeds United perspective.

The Spaniard was solid throughout the game and was unlucky to have conceded the goal when hoodwinked by Luke Freeman. He did well to make amends, putting a number of brave saves, and most memorably stopped Wells from scoring QPR’s second of the game.

Deserved more.

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