18/01/2020 3:00 pm
|Queens Park Rangers||Leeds United|
Saturday’s trip for Leeds United to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers was a bad day that simply got worse for manager Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
A conversation starting opening goal 20 minutes in from Nahki Wells set the hosts on their way, and with Patrick Bamford seeing his effort from the penalty spot saved in the second half, that one goal was enough to decide the points on the day.
With Kalvin Phillips then seeing a straight red card (three match ban) to leave us down to ten men for the last few minutes, it’s understandable that we would feel aggrieved with their goal given the ball cannoning off both of Well’s arms before he put it passed Kiko Casilla.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, Bielsa denied that nerves were a factor.
“I don’t think that, but it’s clear that we have not taken advantage of our chances. We have to have a lot of chances to score one goal. I don’t think there’s a lack of confidence or that it’s about nerves. There were moments where we lacked efficiency but I don’t think this happened because of a lack of confidence. In football you have lots of situations you can manage and some you can’t manage. Sometimes the ones you can’t manage damage one team or are in favour of one team. Today, everything that we couldn’t manage in the game was against us.”
With West Bromwich Albion still to play, they could open up a four point gap to top spot, but we still have a four point cushion to the Play-Off spots.