Klich sinks Boro as Leeds win three in a row
27 Feb 2020 08:42 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. Its Thursday 27th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Klich sinks Boro
Mateusz Klich's first half injury time winner, (in off the post) sent 4,500 Leeds fans wild with jubilation as the Whites condemned Jonathan Woodgate's Boro to their third defeat in a row. Only goal difference is keeping the Smoggo's away from the drop zone following Wigan's 3-0 demolition of Reading at the Madejski Stadium last night. Boro are without a win since New Years Day.
The hard fought victory at the Riverside Stadium means Leeds retain their 5 point cushion against Fulham (who scored an injury time winner against Swansea City). Although wearing a wrist brace, and having two of his fingers tapped together, Kiko Casilla made the starting line up. Fortunately for Leeds, the 33 year old shot stopper was very rarely called upon to make any saves.
The same could not be said of Kelvin Phillips who is still struggling having sustained a dead leg during last weekends match against Reading. Rumour has it that Bielsa was so distraught at having to change his starting line up that he appealed to the FA to see if Phillips could take to the field in a wheel chair, being pushed by Alioski - but the FA were not keen! Fortunately for the Whites, Phillips replacement, Berardi was an absolute inspiration with an almost faultless performance.
The same could not be said of talisman Pablo Hernandez. The inspirational soon to be 35 year old lost possession last night 27 times! Apart from his moment of magic last weekend, the former Swansea man desperately needs a rest! He can't perform at the level he can, week in, week out at his age!
Leeds could, and should have extended their lead; only poor finishing left Boro with a glimmer of a chance to get something out of the game. Many will continue to point the finger at Patrick Bamford who not only should have added to his tally, but intercepted what would have been a Shotton own goal straight into the thankful hands of Stephen Pears. Unfortunately £20m loan signing Jean-Kevin Augustin was omitted from the bench yesterday! This follows no pitch time last weekend against Reading. Suddenly big Kev has a hamstring strain that will also keep him out of Saturdays crunch game against Hull.
Bielsa's post match interview