Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa believes his team were worth the win yesterday as they saw off Derby County in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.
The Whites managed to take a one goal lead back to Elland Road for this weekend’s second leg with the Rams, after Kemar Roofe slotted into the bottom corner to send the travelling away end into raptures at Pride Park.
And reflecting on the game afterwards, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was clear in his opinion that he thought his team deserved to win the game.
“I think it was a deserved win,” Bielsa told the club’s official website.
“Apart from the first minutes of the first half and then 10 or 15 minutes in the middle of the second half, we dominated the ball, defended well, created danger, had chances which could have been more dangerous and when we had to attack, we attacked well and when we had to defend, we defended well.”
Leeds were the dominant side for much of the tie but had a stroke of luck when a penalty decision for Derby was overturned by the linesman, while they also saw Matheusz Klich escape a red card late in the game for an apparent head butt.
However, the Rams were not without a few good decisions going their way either, as Tom Huddlestone also got away with a flailing arm late in the day.
Leeds and Bielsa will be hoping to make it four wins from four this season against Frank Lampard’s men when they clash at Elland Road later this week.