Charlie Taylor bore the brunt of the frustration from Leeds United fans on social media last night in the wake of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Reading in the Championship.
The left-back’s mistake allowed Yann Kermorgant to score the decisive goal and send the Royals above their opponents in the table with just seven games remaining.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) April 2, 2017
Taylor was caught out of position at a Reading throw-in midway through the first half and in his attempts to recover inexplicably headed the ball across the 18-yard box for Kermorgant to slam home.
Whilst Liam Cooper was also criticised for jumping over the attempted clearance, most of the blame fell at his 23-year-old team-mate’s feet as Leeds slumped to a disappointing loss.
In truth, Reading were deserved victors and could have won by a greater margin had it not been for some wasteful finishing.
The Whites, on the other hand, were left ruing a sluggish performance that saw the league’s top scorer Chris Wood largely isolated as his team struggled to fashion chances.
An automatic promotion place now looks near-impossible for the Elland Road outfit after wins for both Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend, but a play-off finish is still very much within their grasp.
Nevertheless, last night’s defeat was a blow and neither Taylor nor the Leeds faithful will be looking back on it with fond memories.
The best of the Twitter reaction to his display can be found below:
Not once did Taylor watch the winger the throw was intended for, absolutely woeful
— James (@JamesWood501) April 2, 2017
i'm still not sure why cooper jumped over the ball knowing taylor's header was going across the face of the goal #lufc
— Simmo (@1simmo1) April 1, 2017
— Callum macdonald (@Cal_lufc) April 1, 2017
too many ppl having an off day pedraza hernandez sackho viera taylor created our own problems by giving the ball away far too often #lufc
— Pompey White (@PompeyWhite) April 1, 2017
Cooper been the scapegoat when it was clearly Taylor's fault for goal
— Jacob (@LufcJacob) April 1, 2017
also, not sure Taylor can be fully blamed for Reading goal. Pedraza leaves man, Cooper could clear his header #lufc
— Jordan Harris (@JordanHarris811) April 1, 2017
Poor defending we were looking comfortable until Taylor headed it across his goal. One or two of our players couldn't hit a barn door ðŸšª
— Tony Cooper (@RochdaleRhino) April 1, 2017
Taylor and Cooper have been poor. #lufc
— Aram (@AramLian) April 1, 2017
— MK (@stanly14) April 1, 2017
Appalling from Taylor for the goal but also have to ask what Cooper is doing aswell #lufc
— Matt (@MWJS82) April 1, 2017
Only just seen the goal. Taylor switched off, Green should've saved it, poor start by the sounds of it. #lufc
— adam (@aeph24) April 1, 2017
Why on earth is Cooper getting blamed for that? Was a poor header from Taylor, shouldn't be heading it towards a dangerous area #lufc
— RightInTheGaryKellys (@RITGK) April 1, 2017
Is Charlie Taylor fit? #lufc
— Howard (@12345Howard) April 1, 2017
What is Charlie Taylor doing??! Never head the ball into your own box #lufc
— Joshy B (@Br0wnless) April 1, 2017
Shocking defending by Charlie Taylor there! Good goal though. Gonna be tough to come back for us now. ðŸ˜©#LUFC
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) April 1, 2017