Bielsa takes ‘responsibility’ for lacklustre Leeds display

Date published: Wednesday 16th September 2020 10:55

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Marcelo Bielsa admitted to multiple major faults from his much-changed Leeds side’s performance versus Hull, ultimately shouldering much of the blame himself.

The Whites looked set for another early cup exit after a sparkling goalscoring display from Mallik Wilks put Hull in front.

But with the game nearing its conclusion, Ezgjan Alioski levelled the scores deep into injury time to force a penalty shootout.

Both sides were clinical from the spot, but in sudden death, Jamie Shackleton’s saved effort proved pivotal as The Tigers advanced to the third round.

Speaking in a short press conference following the match, Bielsa said: “Without a doubt they put in enough effort. We didn’t defend well and we didn’t attack well.

“There was an error in the co-ordination between all the three sectors in the team. The players didn’t gel together very well.

“This is the responsibility of the coach and, as a result, I feel responsible.”

Ex-Leeds forward Mallik Wilks wreaked havoc through the contest, but Bielsa admitted there was little his side could do to stop a player on such hot form.

“I don’t know if there’s any direct recipe to stop the performance of a player.” added the Argentine.

 

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