Leeds United Statement on an incident that happened during the QPR game on Tuesday: “The club is aware of a video circulating on social media from our Sky Bet Championship fixture against QPR on Tuesday evening. An investigation is now underway to identify those involved.”
“Racism will absolutely not be tolerated by Leeds United and anyone found to be racially abusive will be banned from attending all games indefinitely.”
Marcelo Bielsa speaking about the game with WBA: Team; “It will the same team and same bench”
A lengthy answer to questions raised after the QPR game about the fitness of the team: "We have positive tools, and we have difficulties too. I don't talk about the difficulties this publicly. But regarding the positive tools that we have at our disposal, I try to describe them in the most fair way possible.”
"I never make any public criticism and I never over-estimate the players with the goal of making them happy. I deeply believe that all the positive things that the players do is thanks to them and I also deeply believe that the wrong things that happen or the difficulties that we are facing are my responsibility.”
"In a nutshell I say have tools to avoid the difficulties and if I don't reach this goal it means that it's my responsibility. If there is a situation that happens that I didn't want it's not because we haven't detected it, it's because we haven't found the right response and this is always the responsibility of the staff and I don't see any physical fatigue or mental one and we train as every team does.”
"We evaluate each training session, we never do more than what the analysis of modern football advises and we have enough tools to evaluate the repercussions on the bodies and the minds of the players that the training sessions have. We control the food and the diet and the sleeps and we ask for the help of God and if there is something wrong that is happening and there is a difficulty then it is linked to my responsibility.”
"I receive everything I need from the players and from the club and all of the staff around the first team. I give such a long response because according to the next result, we have we will have some questions like that so that's why I am giving this detailed response and I hope we can use this response for all the possible next questions similar to this one.”
"We don't have any excuses, the players are not responsible for the difficulties and I am responsible for everything because I have the support of the players and the support of the club."
On why he looked ‘crestfallen’ after the loss at QPR: "It’s completely natural to be sad after a loss. What is strange is when you’re not sad after a loss and to be full of hope when you are playing another game soon is also natural. It is not advisable to think about the bad things and not think about the good things that are going to come.”
“It’s a right analysis but the loss was not an expected one. When you see the glass is half empty you lose optimism and when you see the glass as half-full you lose self criticism and we need to have coordination between self-criticism and optimism.”
"We don’t ignore the advantage of our position in the table and we know we have to keep the advantages we have.”
His view of WBA and his thoughts on the fans: “After the loss against Queens Park Rangers the fact that we are playing right after against West Brom, it doesn’t make it a difficulty, it makes it a stimulation. West Bromwich are another kind of opponent, it is an opponent that will play against us and this rival has the same conditions as us.”
“West Bromwich's main skills are the quantity and quality of the offensive players. All of the games are important, this one as well and the fans have always come to the stadium. For us each game has a capital importance and the fans always have a positive impact in the performance of the team.”
“The value of that is that what we do has an impact on their emotions and we always receive a positive response when we make effort and we felt followed by the fans when we faced adversity. Without their support of the fans we wouldn’t be the team we are.”
Pablo Hernandez “we can handle the pressure” and believes this could well be the season that Leeds end their 15 year wait for Premiership football
Thanks to the YEP.
Claudio Ranieri is sacked as Fulham manager after less than four months in charge of the London club. Scott Parker has been put in charge of the first team until the end of this season.
We’ve met before
Leeds 2 WBA 3 January 2007 Ch
Leeds 0 WBA 0 January 03 Prem
Leeds 2 WBA 2 Feb 1990 Div 2
Leeds 2 WBA 1 Nov 1988 Div 2
Leeds 1 WBA 0 Aug 1987 Div 2
It’s a game Leeds need to win, a defeat could be disastrous to their chances of making the automatic places in the Championship.
Marcelo Bielsa must decide if to change his team after the disappointing defeat at Loftus Road. Stuart Dallas, Barry Douglas are back in contention after substitute appearances at QPR. Kemar Roofe, Adam Forshaw and Jack Clarke are still out injured.
All Leeds fans would love to see a much needed win for Leeds but most neutrals can’t see it happening against a team that has already beaten them 4-1 at The Hawthorns. WBA 3-1.
Inside Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. Guillem Balague’s look at what’s happened to Leeds under the Argentinian. Fascinating.
Leeds v West Bromwich Albion
Team News: Leeds unchanged, bench same as QPR.
Two changes for WBA.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper(c), Alioski, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Roberts, Harrison, Bamford.
My review of the game.
Adam Pope and Noel Whelan with the commentary of the goals.
Marcelo Bielsa: “For me, the most important thing is the attitude, behaviour, state of mind and the efforts made by the whole team during the whole game, if I would have to sum up my opinion, I would say that this is an exclusive win of the players. A win is based on such a consistent effort from the whole team and this is the responsibility of the players.”
“This is the first time in this competition that I have made such an affirmation and one way of finding out that I am not mistaken when I make such an assessment was the continuous connection between the fans and the players. The fans responded all of the time to the efforts made by the players, we didn’t have one single minute where the fans didn’t respond to the efforts made by the players.”
“We should underline the capacity of the reaction of the players, both individually and collectively as a team. I have to underline the behaviour of the team and the will power of the team, because we had just lost a game and it was the third game with the same players. I am happy because the team got what they deserved and many times they do not get this.”
Darren Moore: “Sometimes when you win games, it doesn't teach you. Losses teach you things. It's about looking back on the result and finding out what went wrong. It was the sort of one-sided defeat that could have a psychological impact on a team.”
“It won't be hard to lift the players because of the strength of the group," he said. "I don't see any problem lifting the group, we just want to get back and work next week. That's the best thing we can to do."
David Watkins on a tremendous ninety plus minutes at Elland Road
Thank you David and great to celebrate the win with you and your mates.
Norwich regain top spot in the Championship after a 3-1 at Millwall. The gap is two points and Norwich have a better goal difference.
Bryan Adams, nearly 60 years old but still rocking the venues. Superb show by the Canadian.
Merseyside derby ends 0-0
A little bit of reaction from Friday. Plaudits to nearly every member of the team who played against WBA, its hard to give individual mentions but Ezgjan Alioski was mentioned along with Kalvin Phillips, Pat Bamford and Ty Roberts. Myself I just think it was a superb team effort that brought the three points to the table.
Heidi Haigh on a new flag, Jeff Astle’s daughter, great atmosphere in the Peacock and her superb blog of the game with West Bromwich Albion.
Thank you Heidi.
YEP confirm Jack Clarke is back in training and ready for the final push. Big news for Marcelo Bielsa and a massive boost for the club.
By Keith Ingham