Marcelo Bielsa on the key to Leeds United's patience as late winner at Reading sends them top of the Championship

Maturity and experience underpins the patient approach that has helped Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United to bring six points back to Yorkshire in the space of four days.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 11:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 11:04 pm
Harrison heading home the winner (Pic: Bruce Rollinson)

A late winner at Luton on Saturday was followed by another at Reading on Tuesday night, Jack Harrison's 87th minute header deciding what was a largely turgid affair at the Madejski Stadium and sending Leeds top of the Championship.

Bielsa, again, felt the Whites were returning home with exactly what they deserved.

"It was a tight match," he said.

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"It was difficult for us to create danger in the first half. In the second half we attacked a little bit more, that changed. We did enough to deserve the win.

"Even if it was a tight match, we commanded the match."

Leeds may not have been at their creative best in the final third but they kept an albeit less-than-adventurous Reading side quiet for long periods and Bielsa was pleased with the defensive display.

"They have good players with impact and they are able to create danger even if they aren't able to command the match," he said.

"We have defended well. Reading's chances were linked with set-pieces and another chance in a different way. It was a very demanding match and defensively we were confident."

Just like at Kenilworth Road, it was a case of biding their time and finding a way to earn three points.

Bielsa lauded a quartet of his players for maintaining their grip on the game until the winning moment arrived.

"It is a signal of maturity and experience of the team," he said.

"The players managed the ball, White, Cooper, Phillips and Pablo. In the centre of the pitch they managed the ball.

"They know how to manage the ball, how to move it, to try to attack so that meant we kept the idea of how to attack. Pablo is a player that doesn't lose the ball a lot. White, Cooper and Phillips move the ball very well."