Sunday 15 September 2019

Leeds' promotion hopes suffer blow

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa. Photo: PA
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa. Photo: PA

Manager Marcelo Bielsa says he has no explanation for Leeds' shock 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan.

United looked to be cruising to three crucial points in the promotion race after Patrick Bamford gave them a 17th-minute lead.

The opener came just moments after Cedric Kipre had been red-carded for handling a Bamford shot, with Pablo Hernandez missing the resulting penalty.

But the Latics refused to buckle and Gavin Massey's brace turned the game around, meaning Leeds trail second-placed Sheffield United on goal difference with three games to go.

"There is no explanation why that happened," Bielsa said. "Destiny gave us a red card, a penalty and 15 chances to score.

"We simply should have won that game. The conditions were right there for us to win the game.

"It was a game that we had to win but it was a game that we did not deserve to win.

"I take full responsibility for the defeat for not planning the right path to make sure that we did get the win.

"I am sad at this defeat, but I am very motivated. We have had a good season, but it will mean nothing if we do not get promoted."

Wigan keeper Christian Walton then made a number of good saves in the closing stages as the Latics gave their survival hopes a boost.

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