They shoot old horses don't they? So why not crap donkeys who play at left back? Ilunga cost us 2 points against Cardiff and he cost us 2 points today. Two home games and 4 points surrendered because Ilunga can't close, can't tackle and can't be arsed. It's three goals conceded at Upton Park and all three goals have come from our left with Ilunga losing possession, Ilunga being turned and Ilunga jogging . If Doctor Evil starts him next game, nobody will convince me this isn't Avram in an Allardyce mask!
We were crap today and so lucky to come away with a point. The Leeds own goal was the best finish I've seen at Upton Park for two years and there's no way Cole knew where his deflected goal was going. Credit to him for getting his foot across the defender to get the deflection but, on the evidence of the second, he should have just left it to his marker to apply a better finishing touch!
I'll whisper this quietly because I was such a fan of his before he joined, but Nolan was shit. We should have been 3-1 ahead by the time that Ilunga said "It's open house down our left" for the umpteenth time in the game, but "Our Kev" chose to trap the ball rather than bury it. Collison also missed a great opportunity with a header from a yard out straight at the Leeds keeper - who also made a great save to keep the score at 2-1.
Apart from Ilunga, the worst performance today was from the idiot with the whistle. He got it spot on (excuse the pun) for the penalty he awarded - which thankfully Gradel missed - but how he failed to punish the first half foul on Cole and the Parker rush of blood in the second is beyond me. Parker an England player? Watch that challenge a few times and shudder!
All the football today was played by Leeds and they were, frankly, unlucky to only share the points. We went long ball and we got what we deserved - except we ended up with a point. Was this the Leeds hoodoo striking again? No. It was poor football, poor substitutions - why Piquionne for Noble for God's sake when you are 2-1 ahead? - and poor tactics. Leeds came out for the second half fired up, we came out half asleep. I blamed Zola, you blamed Grant, now maybe we should all point the finger at the bloody players!
Player ratings: Green 7: O'Brien 6, Tomkins 7, Reid 6, Ilunga 1; Collison 4, Parker 6, Noble 5, Nolan 4, Taylor 5; Cole 6 Subs Faubert 6, Carew 5, Piquionne 1