Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds should have 'won easily' against Luton

Whites boss frustrated by misses chances as Town cling on for a point

By Mike Simmonds
Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 3:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 3:12 pm
Luton try to find a way through against Leeds on Tuesday night
Luton try to find a way through against Leeds on Tuesday night

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa felt his table-topping side should have beaten Luton ‘easily’ during their 1-1 draw at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

The White chief saw United dominate possession with 75 per cent of the ball, having 23 attempts on goal, nine on target.

However, they could only score once, Stuart Dallas equalising after Harry Cornick had put Town in front shortly after the break, before both Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa missed glorious opportunities late on.

Asked how neither of his attackers could find the net, failing to connect with their close range headers, Bielsa said: “Honestly, I don’t know, because it was strange they couldn’t connect with those balls.

“Everybody knows in football, scoring is less usual than missing chances.

“What Luton did was right and positive.

"They played honest, they didn’t make fouls, the referee doesn’t have an impact in the match.

“What is true is we arrived more than 12 times to score and they had just one chance.

“The opponent needed one, two chances to score and we needed 12 chances at least to score one.

“I think what happened today is something good for our team.

“We played against a team defending with all their players in the box and we had 12 or 15 chances.

“We allowed the opponent to shoot just twice, that is something positive for us, but we cannot ignore the lack of efficiency was a weak point for our team.

“It is a match that we should have won easily because it was even clearer than the match of Cardiff regarding what happened on the pitch.”

Leeds winger Jack Harrison thought his side should have made more of their chances too, adding: “We had a lot of opportunities to score and try and get that second goal and we were unfortunate at times.

“Luton made it difficult for us, especially in the first half, figuring out their formation and how we were going to press, it took us a bit longer than it probably should have.

“Once we got that sorted, we were able to play our game and create those chances, it was just unfortunate we couldn’t finish them.

“We would have liked to have got the three points and it is frustrating in that aspect, but we have to stay positive, we have a quick turnaround now and we have to be prepared for that.”