Mateusz Klich hoping 'nice comebacks' are no longer required in Leeds United's push for the Premier League

MATEUSZ Klich said his Leeds United side never doubted their ability to produce another sensational comeback in an epic 3-2 success against Championship visitors Millwall.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 11:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 12:10 pm
COMEBACK COMPLETE: Patrick Bamford heads home his second goal to set Leeds United up for Tuesday night's epic 3-2 victory against Millwall at Elland Road. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Klich, though, hopes United's ability to get out of jail as something of the comeback kings is no longer required in United's automatic promotion push on the Championship run-in.

United's Polish international midfielder admitted his Whites had made a nervy beginning to Tuesday night's encounter at Elland Road in which Leeds fell behind in just the fourth minute as Shaun Hutchinson headed home from a corner.

Klich confessed that his side were then left shocked after Jed Wallace had doubled Millwall's lead through a hotly-disputed 23rd-minute penalty awarded seconds after Ryan Woods appeared to have allowed the ball to drift out of play for a throw in.

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Leeds, though, came roaring back in the second half and a double from Patrick Bamford either side of an equalising goal from Pablo Hernandez turned the game on its head and sent United top.

The success evoked memories of last season's 3-2 wins against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers in which the Whites also came from behind to claim all three points but Klich admitted he hoped victories would now be rather more straight-forward from here on in.

"We started the game really nervously. We lost the first goal very early and then a stupid penalty," said Klich.

"Two nil at home against Millwall in the first 20 minutes, it was a little bit of shock but our reaction was great and we were dangerous.

"I knew if we scored a first goal that we could win the game so we wanted to score as soon as possible.

"It was a bad start and we did it last year as well against Blackburn and Aston Villa so we are capable of doing nice comebacks - but I would rather we don't have to do it again!"

Leeds saw several decisions from referee Darren England go against them in the first half with the penalty coming just two minutes after United somehow saw Millwall awarded a goal kick despite Lions 'keeper Bartosz Bialkowski tipping a Stuart Dallas drive around the post.

Klich took to social media after the 3-2 victory to declare 'Justice' but would not elaborate any further.

"You know what it is!" said Klich simply, asked about his Justice Tweet.

Assessing whether he felt Woods had carried the ball out of play before the Lions penalty, Klich mused: "I think so but I don't know. I didn't see the situation so maybe it was out, maybe not, I don't know."

The Pole - in equally fine form with the media as he was on the pitch - also admitted he should have put his men 4-2 up and out of sight when blazing a glorious chance from inside the area high over the bar with five minutes left.

"We had some chances in the first half and we should have scored but we need goals," said Klich.

"I had a great chance as well but the ball is on the M1. I should have scored but maybe some people can help me find the ball.

"But we need to score more goals and obviously I am very happy for Patrick that he scored two goals and that Pablo scored. That's the team I want to see to be fair."