A fairly changed Leeds United side made the trip to Loftus Road on Sunday to face Queens Park Rangers in our FA Cup third round clash.
It did, unfortunately, see a third straight defeat for manager Marcelo Bielsa’s side as we are in a definite wobble now and we lost out 2-1 on the day with Aapo Halme getting himself on the scoresheet to originally bring us level on the day.
The hosts were the better side in terms of chances created and finding opportunities so there’s a definite sense of disappointment from the game again, but we were undone largely from set pieces and that didn’t escape Bielsa as he spoke to the media following the game as he knew there were clearly areas of our game we needed additional significant improvement on.
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Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, the gaffer explained.
“We lost because we didn’t deal with some balls we should have dealt with. We didn’t find the right solution from set-pieces. We took decisions that were not useful for us and we didn’t need to take those kind of decisions. Every week we designate a high percentage of our time to set-pieces. So we will look at what we have done wrong and try to correct it. You correct these things with experience. The performance from the players today was good. But we made too many mistakes and if you don’t defend well then it is very hard to win games.”
Bielsa is probably right to pick out that again the performance, in general, wasn’t that far off what fans are used to, but the small margins have turned against us and that’s what we need to correct.
We knew there would be wobbles during the season though and there’s been plenty of positives, so it’s just about getting back on the horse quickly and putting these games behind us.