Jamie Carragher noted some bizarre goalkeeping from Jose Sa for Leeds United’s second goal against Wolves on Friday.
Wanderers slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Molineux, having led 2-0 after a great first-half.
Francisco Trincao set up Jonny for the opener, before scoring himself to put Wolves in a commanding position.
Wolves should have seen out the game.
But a decision to give Raul Jimenez a second yellow card for his collision with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier completely changed the game.
Leeds took advantage of their one-man advantage, and ended up taking all three points.
But Wolves did not help themselves, producing some shocking defending at times.
It was just panic stations after Jimenez was dismissed, and the second goal in the 66th minute was absolutely awful.
Many were shocked by Romain Saiss’ poor clearance, but Jamie Carragher couldn’t help but highlight Sa’s contributions to the goal.
The 29-year-old was caught in no man’s land when the initial cross came in for Dan James, who hit the bar.
He then chased the ball down but James got there first and then, instead of going back to his line, Sa was drawn to the ball again and got beat by Rodrigo who scored from a tight angle.
On the bizarre phase of play, Carragher said: “I think a really interesting thing is, if we could maybe see that again, is the actual role of the goalkeeper. We spoke about him before the game and he’s been brilliant this season. But he almost gives two penalties away in the same action.
“He comes flying out at Dan James, the ball goes to the other side and for whatever reason he just goes flying out of his goal rather than just staying. The action here (pressing James) just smacks of panic.”
A rare bad day at the office for Jose Sa
It was a really bizarre bit of play from Sa, who everyone knows to be an aggressive goalkeeper.
It works for him a lot of the time, but here he really misjudged the situation.
What he was thinking, only he will know. It did seem like the best thing to do after James hit the bar was to get back to his goal.
Perhaps the nature of the game had just affected all of the Wolves players and messed with their concentration.
It really was panic stations at the back for most of the second-half.
Sa has obviously been excellent this season and fans can’t be too critical of him given how many points he’s won for the team. Hopefully he’ll quickly get this display out of his system, although he will have to stew on it a little over the international break.