Marcelo Bielsa on what Leeds United deserved at West Ham and Kiko Casilla, Pablo Hernandez and Pascal Struijk updates

LEEDS United’s dominance for an hour against West Ham deserved more than the 2-0 defeat they suffered, said Marcelo Bielsa.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:01 pm

The Whites head coach said the chances his side created early on in the game, aside from the two goals they had disallowed, and the threat they posed in the second half, could have brought them a point at the London Stadium.

Leeds went off the boil after a promising opening 15 minutes however and conceded from a Jesse Lingard penalty and a corner that Craig Dawson headed home.

“We had the initial 15 minutes in the first half, which was the best we played in the game,” said Bielsa.

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FRUSTRATION: Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa, centre, during Monday night's 2-0 reverse at West Ham United. Photo by ANDY RAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

“We defended well and we attacked well.

"In the final 30 minutes of the first half we stopped defending well and it’s difficult to attack when you don’t defend well.

“I think in the second half we defended and attacked well the whole half.

"Between the first half and the second half we had 60 minutes of good football.

“We conceded 30 minutes, when they attacked they created danger and managed to score two goals.

"I think if you compare the two periods we were more dominant in our 60-minute period than they were in their 30-minute period.

“In the second half I think we could have drawn the game and at the start of the first half we should have scored a goal.

"It was difficult for us to neutralise them in the 30 minutes but if you look at the totality of the game we deserved something from it.”

Bielsa revealed that Pablo Hernandez missed the game with a minor injury and Pascal Struijk was unable to recover from a knock picked up last week.

Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was simply left out, however.

“Casilla today was a decision I made, to include Caprile on the bench and Casilla is just not in the squad, he is not injured,” added Bielsa.

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Thank you Laura Collins