Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted disappointment after the team suffered succumbed to successive losses to Wigan Athletic and Brentford in the Championship. The Yorkshire outfit had a brilliant chance to cement one of the automatic promotion spots for the Premier League, but the same has now become difficult with Sheffield United moving to the second place with a three-point advantage and a superior goal difference.
Speaking after the 2-0 loss to Brentford, Bielsa admitted that the top-two remains improbable for the season after squandering their chances to win against Wigan and Brentford, he said: “I am very sad. We had the hope to finish first or second, but with the loss, it is now going to be very difficult. The game was like many games we have played this year, we didn’t take advantage of the positive moments where we could have made a difference. At the beginning of the first half and at the beginning of the second half we could have scored goals and in the moments we dominated less, they dominated us and scored goals.”
Leeds United manager Marco Bielsa has refused to place the blame on striker Patrick Bamford after the club succumbed to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City. The promotion-chasing outfit were up against the Blues, who had suffered five losses on the bounce but they could not take advantage of the situation with Che Adams scoring the sole goal for the hosts in the 29th minute.
Speaking after the game, Bielsa spoke positively about Bamford despite the marksman failing to find the net in the past four league matches, he said: “Bamford has a big character and personality and he was better than in the previous game. We could have drawn the game, we could have lost by more goals and we could have won the game.”
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has said that the team should shed the disappointment of losing to Sheffield United and should look focus on the next game following the international break. The Yorkshire outfit were leapfrogged by Sheffield to the second automatic promotion spot at the weekend after the Blades secured a slender 1-0 triumph.
Speaking after the game, Bamford highlighted that Leeds were the better team on the day and they could have scored thrice in the opening half alone. He added that the Peacocks were eventually made to rue for the chances and should have at least shared the spoils, he said: “I thought we played really well, we dominated the game and we should have been 3-0 up in the first half.”
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa claimed that the club should remain focussed in the Championship after returning to the top of the table by beating West Brom. Leeds were able to get a comprehensive 4-0 success over West Brom to overtake Sheffield United and Norwich City. Even though the latter has the choice of getting back the top spot with a win from their game in hand, there is no denying the added pressure on the Canaries. Bielsa has seen his Leeds team come up with some inconsistent performances of late. The lack of consistency is usually not a major problem in the Championship when teams tend to drop points at various points in the campaign.
West Brom had been one of the favourites for promotion throughout the campaign but Darren Moore’s team were outclassed by Leeds, who took the lead through Pablo Hernandez. The lead was doubled by Patrick Bamford in the 28th minute. Even though the Baggies tried to get back into the game through a strong performance at the start of the second half, Leeds managed to arrest any likelihood of a comeback with further goals in the second half. Bamford was able to score more goals in the second half. Even though Leeds have regained top spot, Bielsa was cautious about sustaining this position.
With the Kalvin Phillips’ equalizer being the first goal of the seasons, Leeds United moved to the top of the Championship. During the second half of the match, there was a pause in the game because one of the teenagers, named Jack Clarke, reported not feeling well and thus paramedics tended him. He was taken to the hospital after being carried on the stretcher receiving O2 but later, it was informed that he was feeling better.
Due to the delay in the match, twelve minutes were added to the game. While Phillips moved past Darren Randolph to take his side during the 101st minute and the point was clear of Norwich, he slips to second.
Leeds United hasn’t had their first string team available to play most of the matches in the on-going season. A lot of their players have sustained injuries and the head coach Marcelo Biesla has had to put his second choice players on the park, but that hasn’t reflected on the team’s performance at all.
Whoever has been given the opportunity has stepped up to the plate and has produced the goods which is why Leeds is just at a distance of one point from the top spot in the second division standings at the moment. Their points’ tally reads 42, while Norwich City which is topping the standings has got 43 points.