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Gary Neville shocked by Saiss defending, says he struggled all second-half against Leeds

Gary Neville said after Wolves’ 3-2 defeat to Leeds United that Romain Saiss struggled in the second-half.

Wanderers lost their final game before the international break at Molineux, having been 2-0 up against the Whites.

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A harsh second yellow card for Raul Jimenez completely changed the game.

The striker collided with Illan Meslier in a 50-50 challenge, and was dismissed by referee Kevin Friend.

That swung momentum in Leeds’ favour, and it was hugely disappointing to see Wolves thrown it away like they did. Even with 10 men.

There was some really bad defending on show after the red card.

Wolves have been so good at the back this season, but they were all at sea as Leeds pushed to get back into the game.

The second Leeds goal – scored by Rodrigo – was an absolute horror show.

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Wolves were just all over the place, and Jose Sa – so good all season – was absolutely all over the place for some reason.

Analysing the goal, Neville laid some of the blame with Saiss, who completely shanked his clearance seconds before Leeds scored.

He said: “Saiss, it’s just absolutely panic at this stage. Leeds aren’t really doing anything here other than keeping the ball alive, second ball.

“In the end, I have to agree with (Jamie) Carragher the response to going to 10 men was really surprising from Wolves. I think Bruno Lage will be really disappointed that his team weren’t more composed.

“Romain Saiss, he had a really tough second-half, and we was sort of panicking all the way through, even towards the end.”

Romain Saiss may need the Max Kilman treatment for Wolves

It was a very erratic showing from Saiss the other night.

He has been great in many games this season.

However, since he came back to Molineux from his stint at AFCON with Morocco, his level hasn’t quite been the same.

Those few weeks away have seemingly disrupted his momentum at club level.

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Saiss will be in action for Morocco over the international break, meaning no real chance for a proper rest.

It could therefore mean that Bruno Lage considers giving him the Max Kilman treatment when he gets back, and drops him to the bench for a game or two.

Kilman had been ever-present for Wolves until recently, and seemed to benefit from having a game out. Perhaps the manager will look to do the same with Saiss.