Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will probably take most of the headlines following Sunday’s Championship clash with Aston Villa at Elland Road.
After a goalless first half where we dominated in our usual style, we opened the scoring in the 72nd minute in controversial fashion but whatever side of the argument you stand when it comes to playing on or putting the ball out of play, the fact there was an obvious offside also involved frayed tempers.
One red card for the visitors later as Patrick Bamford went down having received an apparent elbow when he didn’t, saw Bielsa order his players to let Villa equalise in the spirit of fair play, and 1-1 was ultimately how the game ended.
It draws a line under recent defeats and there were certainly positives from the performance, but we all know what the headlines will be following the game as the media pour over the incidents in it.
Speaking to the BBC following the game, one question was going to dominate.
“Things that happened, happened and we behaved as we behaved. That’s all I can say about something that is very clear, regarding what happened before and what happened after. There was a circumstance in the game that deserved an answer from one of the two teams.”
Disappointing we couldn’t retake the lead with the chances that came our way, but credit to Bielsa there, the epitomy of ‘good faith’ you could say.
Jansson’s passion though!
The most incredible scenes we have EVER seen! You need to see this to believe it ????
Marcelo Bielsa makes his team let Aston Villa score after Leeds United scored extremely controversially! ????
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 28, 2019