Marcelo Bielsa: We value what we earned

Marcelo Bielsa: We value what we earned

Head coach reacts to Brentford draw.

Marcelo Bielsa gave his thoughts to the media after seeing his side secure a late point at home to Brentford.

Elland Road erupted when the returning Patrick Bamford volleyed home in the final few seconds of the match, after coming on as a substitute. 

Summarising the game, the Leeds United head coach felt the point was fair overall, at the end of the encounter. 

He said: “To have drawn the game the way we did, it changes the flavour. 

“But, if you look at the game in its general context, we should have won it. We conceded the first part of the game, but without receiving any goals. From the initial 15 minutes onwards, we had a good half an hour. 

“In the second half, we started it well and we had incomings and outgoings of Luke Ayling and Kalvin Phillips, where we were a few moments without them. 

"After Kalvin went back on and came back off, that made us lose organisation. But, it shouldn’t have been this way.  

“In those 15 minutes in the second half we did receive the goals, but the final 30 minutes there were a lot more difficulties, but with a lot of perseverance to attack. 

“I think we ended up getting a result that was fair on one side and insufficient if you look at the whole game.

“We dominated two thirds of the game and we duplicated the amount of dangerous situations that we had, compared to the opponent.”

Specifically asked about the return to the side of Ayling and Bamford, Bielsa praised the pair on their performances.  

“Ayling had a satisfactory game and Patrick scored a goalscorers goal,” the head coach stated. 

“In the centre of the pitch where he [Bamford] came on, it was difficult to find the ball. But finally, he gave us the equaliser, which for our expectations is very valuable given how we got it. 

“The players that are used to scoring are usually in the right place at the right moment. What we value about this goal is the opportunism of it.  

“Before the game it wasn’t a good result, after the first half it wasn’t as well, but when the game is finished we value what we earned.”