Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has explained the differences between his side and West Ham United, but felt they didn’t deserve to lose at Elland Road.
Whites slipped into the bottom three after go down 2-1 in front of their own fans. Things started well as Raphinha gave the hosts a 19th-minute lead with a low finish from outside the box. And they managed to keep the Londoners at bay until the halftime whistle.
David Moyes’ side came out after the break with much more determination and they were tied in the 67th minute. There was an element of luck in the goal as Jarrod Bowen’s shot deflected into Junior Firpo’s net.
It looked like Leeds would take a point in the clash. But Michail Antonio had other ideas as he found the net in the first minute of added time to silence the white faithful.
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The locals were taken in counterattack and paid the price. The result means Leeds are yet to win this season, with just three points to their name in three draws.
The East End side have won three and drawn two to continue their strong 2020-2021 form. And Bielsa believes that the different levels of trust within the two teams were evident in the result.
“Two teams faced each other with two different realities,” he said. TUSEN Sport. “A team that has a series of positive results, and our team that has a series of negative results.
“Normally, under these circumstances, the negative team struggles to get what they deserve. When the team is having a good time, it’s easy for them to get what they deserve.
“I think if the game had been a draw it wouldn’t have been unfair. Obviously, not all of our sacrifice crystallized.
Bielsa lifts the veil on Raphinha’s injury
Much was expected of Leeds this season having managed to finish ninth on their return to the Premier League. But they have yet to ignite, with only Burnley and Norwich below them in the standings.
They may well be without Raphinha for a few weeks after being replaced over the next 45 seconds. Corn Bielsa insisted it wasn’t due to an issue against the Hammers.
“It’s not that he came out injured. He received a blow against Newcastle that kept him from training all week, but he fixed the problem and he was able to play the game. Then he advised us to replace it, ”he added.
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