Saturday turned into another disappointing day for Leeds United fans as manager Marcelo Bielsa watched his side ‘battle’ to their fourth Championship loss in five games as Nottingham Forest put us to the sword.
Losing two nil at The City Ground as Sammy Ameobi found the net in the first half, with a second to kill the game off and all hopes of a comeback deep into stoppage time from Tyler Walker, plenty of the Elland Road faithful will think the game should certainly have been different as we again utterly dominated possession and we had similar good chances as the hosts – but our Achilles Heel under Bielsa has always been converting efforts into real goal bound opportunities and that was again similar on Saturday, as despite our 13 efforts, we managed a paltry one on target.
Speaking to the BBC following the result, our Argentine gaffer shouldered the blame for the result and our more recent form.
“We can’t demand any more effort from the players. We have the resources to beat teams in the Championship and they give everything. Clearly if you have good players and they give their all on the pitch, the conclusion is clear. I have to understand that it is myself who has to find the solutions. I’m prepared to find solutions to turn this negative situation into a more positive one.”
“It wasn’t just that one chance. There were others, but it’s not necessary to analyse them now straight after a game. If you have players who put in an effort for you and it’s not enough, your opponent is finding solutions we are not – it is not fair to put that responsibility on the players. I know this wasn’t a case of missing 10 chances in a game, it was very close. Neither team had many chances and what both sides did in attack was quite similar. But we needed goals and they scored first. We didn’t create the same chances in this game that we have in previous ones and that is where I feel the responsibility.”
With memories of previous seasons ringing in the ears when it comes to falling away, and last season’s problems in particular, whilst plenty of our more bombastic fans will already be questioning Bielsa (supposed burn out!) and a lack of striking options, the fact is despite recent woeful form, we are only four points off West Brom who have had their own wobbles, and although Fulham are now level – the league has just righted itself when it comes to form.
We get back on track and nothing is lost because those below us will wobble again. We knew there would be days like this, deal with it, dust down, and go again. The effort is there, as ever, it’s about composure – and you can’t blame that on the gaffer.
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