'Stats don't win points' - Mateusz Klich sees 'no positives' from West Ham defeat with Leeds United handed Premier League reality check

The Poland international was left frustrated following defeat to West Ham at Elland Road.

Saturday, 12th December 2020, 2:21 pm

Mateusz Klich believes people were guilty of getting 'carried away' with the Premier League handing Leeds United a dose of reality in recent weeks.

Marcelo Bielsa's outfit have won just one of their last six top flight outings, a run which began following an impressive victory over Aston Villa in late October.

Leeds had adjusted to their new surroundings quickly following promotion from the Championship last term, having picked up 10 points from their opening six matches of the campaign.

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United, though, have added just four points to their tally since then, with a win at Everton and a draw against 10-man Arsenal.

Heavy defeats to Leicester City and Crystal Palace caused frustration while Frank Lampard's Chelsea were deserved winners at Stamford Bridge.

More disappointment followed at Elland Road on Friday night under the lights, as visitors West Ham secured a 2-1 win over the Whites.

Bielsa's set-piece problems were exposed once again with Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna both scoring from dead ball situations, which cancelled out Klich's retaken opening penalty.

Leeds United playmaker Mateusz Klich in action against West Ham at Elland Road. Pic: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds dominated possession but failed to find any cutting edge in the final third, leaving the Hammers to take the spoils as they countered to good effect in West Yorkshire.

“Statistics won’t get us points," Klich said afterwards.

"It is our goal to stay in the league and games like today and on Wednesday [against Newcastle] we have to win, so we are very disappointed.

“We had a great start and people got carried away a little bit, but we have to get safe and still this is our goal, we are going to do everything to achieve it.”

Klich pulled no punches in his appraisal post-match, with Leeds and Bielsa suffering their first real difficult patch of the season.

There were no positives to take against the Hammers for the Poland international and - simply put - quick improvement is required, starting with Newcastle United on Wednesday.

"I don't know what positives you can have if you lose the game because in the end the result matters," he admitted.

"We need points to stay in the league and that's our goal. Playing nice football and not winning games will not guarantee us that.

"Maybe there were some positives, but for me we lost the game and that is it.

“We conceded from set-pieces again, which is a problem at the moment and we didn’t create enough chances to win the game.

“We’re losing goals from set-pieces in nearly every game and we need to do better, it’s as simple as that.

“Obviously West Ham are very strong in the air and they score in nearly every game from set-pieces and we knew they were going to be dangerous, so we needed to avoid corners and stupid free-kicks and sometimes it can difficult to defend if it is a perfect ball and perfect timing.

“We have to score more goals and we didn’t, there are not much positives from the game because we were winning and we should have kept pressing and created more good chances.

"Every game is the same, we dominate and create chances then it happens. It's not the first game like this and it's probably not the last. We need to work on that and score more goals."