With the 2018/19 Championship season coming to a close it’s almost crunch time when it comes to the automatic promotion spots and Leeds United are well placed sitting in second spot, and in today’s clash with Bristol City we were looking to keep that going.
Having put Queens Park Rangers defeat behind us, and sent a message with the West Bromwich Albion victory, our trip to Ashton Gate was going to be tough with Lee Johnson’s side occupying sixth place, but there was plenty of reason for optimism.
A bright start saw Patrick Bamford open the scoring nine minutes in and although clear cut chances were few and far between, an organised performance saw us keep the clean sheet to take another three points with a 1-0 victory.
The battle at the top remains tight with only a two point gap to Norwich in top spot.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, manager Marcelo Bielsa said of the game.
“It is a risk talking about even being safe in the top three at this stage. There are so many tough matches ahead. Today ended up a 50-50 game. In the first hour we could have scored more, but in the final 15 minutes our opponents could have got a draw. At the end they played lot of aerial balls into our box where the consequences of mistakes can be high. My team played with a lot of experience in that period when we couldn’t launch counter attacks. Our goalkeeper Kiko Casilla brings serenity to the team because he does not make mistakes whatever situation he faces and Kalvin Phillips did well in a role protecting the back-four.”