Marcelo Bielsa delighted with Leeds United's victory over Sheffield United on an emotional day for Whites

Marcelo Bielsa felt Leeds United were worth more goals than they scored in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 6:15 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 6:16 pm
MATCH WINNER - Phil Jagielka's own goal gave Leeds United a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Elland Road. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The Whites head coach watched his men dominate the first half against the Blades but still go in level, sloppy play allowing Ben Osborn to cancel out Jack Harrison's early opener.

Leeds retook the lead in the second half with Phil Jagielka's own goal and created numerous opportunities on the counter attack to kill the game, Stuart Dallas hitting the crossbar and Patrick Bamford being denied by Aaron Ramsdale.

Premier League basement side Sheffield United stayed in the game to the end, however, and created a couple of opportunities of their own albeit without troubling Illan Meslier in the home goal.

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"We won only by one goal," said Bielsa.

"When the opponent sees there is only a one goal difference they insist on arriving a lot at the opponents' goal. We had sufficient amount of chances to have scored more goals. We had many dangerous situations that didn't end in shots that would have increased the amount of options we had to score more goals. It's very difficult in the PL to imagine a comfortable victory, at least for us."

Victory took Leeds to 42 points and they now cannot be caught by Sheffield United but Bielsa is not yet ready to declare his side safe.

"I keep on hearing the effect of the 40 points but I am still not convinced it is enough," he said.

"With there still being 24 points to play for to give a definitive evaluation of how we have done we need to play the remaining eight games.

"The important thing is how the remaining eight games play out and the final points total that we make. That will be the best moment to make a definitive analysis."

Before the game Bielsa wrote in his programme notes that he hoped to be able to take three points as a tribute to club legend Peter Lorimer, who passed away in March.

A minute of applause prior to kick-off also marked the 21st anniversary of the deaths of Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight, two Leeds fans who were stabbed in Istanbul on the eve of a Uefa Cup semi-final against Galatasaray.

The Whites heaad coach was pleased that an emotional day for the club ended with a win.

"Victories always generate happiness and optimism," he said.

"When we lose someone it always generates sadness and memories. It's very difficult for victory to compensate for the loss of someone, but it's better to have been able to have won, to say goodbye to such an extraordinary player."