Bielsa pleased Leeds' plan worked

28 June 2020 02:49:51 GMTPlus10

Leeds are three points clear at the top of the Championship after a convincing 3-0 victory over Fulham and manager Marcelo Bielsa was pleased with the way his side reacted to his change of tactics at half-time.

Bielsa's men bounced back from last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Cardiff in the best possible manner as striker Patrick Bamford put them ahead in the tenth minute but Bielsa then replaced goalscorer Bamford and Helder Costa at half-time.

The introductions of Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski sharpened up the Leeds attacking unit and they wrapped up the points thanks to second-half goals from Alioski and Jack Harrison.

The defeat was a blow for Fulham's chances of finishing in the top two and earning automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Scott Parker's men, beaten 2-0 by third-placed Brentford last time out, remain fourth in the table and they ended the game at Elland Road with ten men after Neeskens Kebano was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Bielsa explained his half-time changes after the game, saying: "We tried to play as we do always. In the first half we couldn't do it because we recovered the ball too close to our box. In the second half, we improved the recovery and improved the attack.

"Patrick [Bamford] made a big effort in the first half. When Pablo [Hernandez] came on he coordinated well with Tyler [Roberts]."

Leeds continue their title campaign with a home game against relegation-threatened Luton on Tuesday night, while Fulham make the short trip to Loftus Road to face west London rivals QPR.

Leeds are now 1.005 to win the Championship 2019/20.

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