Leeds United will be keen to get back to winning ways this weekend, after they were forced to settle for a point against Cardiff City in their last outing.
The Whites raced into a three-goal lead on the day, with a brace from Patrick Bamford and a goal from Helder Costa seeing Leeds look as though they were on course to secure a relatively simple three points.
But Neil Harris’ side hit back with three goals in the space of 28 minutes, with Lee Tomlin, Sean Morrison and Robert Glatzel all finding the back of the net to see the points shared.
The result allowed some of Leeds’ promotion rivals to close the gap on them in the Championship table, with Preston North End now sat ten points behind the Whites heading into this weekend.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference (12:35pm) ahead of Leeds’ game against Fulham, Marcelo Bielsa couldn’t offer an explanation on the draw with Cardiff City.
“Obviously we cannot explain the result, but it wasn’t how we controlled the match that allowed us to think we would draw the match. We played in the same way at 3-1, 3-2, 3-3. Of course, we cannot explain a defeat like this one.
“When we were 3-3, we had two chances to win the match, we cannot explain it. In this match, we cannot explain this because of how we controlled the match. In other matches we didn’t manage them well.
“How we managed other matches justified their creating danger, but in this match that didn’t happen, but we are responsible for this because we cannot explain a result.”
The Leeds boss apologised for the slump in performance against the Bluebirds, which saw them lose ground on West Brom who currently occupy top spot in the Championship at the moment.
Bielsa also detracted the blame in the draw against Cardiff away from the Leeds players, which might come as a surprise to some of the Elland Road faithful.
“We are sorry because we lost two points, but we cannot blame it on the players. Say nothing to the players. I always doubt what I think, but when I analyse the match and see how points put to each player, not just the values we give to the players as staff.”
Leeds have the perfect opportunity to pull away from one of their promotion rivals this weekend, as a win for Bielsa’s men could see them move 15 points clear of Scott Parker’s side at a crucial and potentially season-defining stage of the season.
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I’m surprised that he’s not putting any of the blame in the Cardiff draw onto his players.
Bielsa is a fantastic manager, and rarely blames his players for any points that are dropped since taking over at Elland Road but they certainly didn’t keep their levels of concentration against the Bluebirds.
They’ve got the ideal opportunity to put it right this weekend though, and if they can come away from Craven Cottage with three points to show for their efforts, then it’ll move them a step closer to a long-awaited promotion to the Premier League.