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Alan Shearer left Blackburn’s Sammie Szmodics feeling embarrassed after his performance against Leeds United.

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Former Blackburn striker Alan Shearer had some words of praise for Sammie Szmodics after the latter’s winning goal against Leeds United sealed a 1-0 victory at Elland Road.

Szmodics’ crucial 82nd-minute strike not only secured Blackburn the win but also marked his 30th goal of the season across all competitions, with 24 of those coming in the Championship. Shearer, acknowledging this milestone, delivered his congratulations to Szmodics in a video message on X, saying, “I’ve seen you’ve got another one – 30, eh? Not bad! Congratulations mate, keep up the good work.”

The defeat dealt a blow to Leeds’ Championship promotion aspirations, especially considering it was their first loss at Elland Road throughout the entire 2023-24 season. Despite registering 19 shots, with five on target, the Whites couldn’t find the back of the net.

Blackburn, on the other hand, capitalized on one of their few attempts, with Szmodics cleverly lifting the ball over Illan Meslier after exploiting a defensive lapse from Leeds in the closing minutes.

The outcome serves as a reminder of the fine margins in the intense battle for promotion, particularly for Leeds, whose normally sturdy defense faltered on this occasion. With only three games remaining and Leeds currently sitting third in the standings, the pressure remains high in the fiercely contested promotion race.

Furthermore, Leeds’ struggle to break down Blackburn’s resilient defense highlights the challenges they face in unlocking opposing teams’ low blocks. Despite Blackburn’s recent defensive vulnerabilities, Leeds couldn’t capitalize, emphasizing the unpredictability of the Championship.

As the promotion race reaches its climax, Leeds will need their forwards firing on all cylinders if they are to secure a coveted promotion spot.

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