Good Morning. It's Monday 17th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds get back to winning ways in style
Leeds delivered a battering on Bristol City that Storm Dennis would have been proud of as the Whites not only got back to winning ways at Elland Road, but the rest of the chasing pack lost distance. The solitary goal came on 16 minutes from an unusual source. Pinball had erupted around the Robins goal mouth with the ball being belted all around the 18 yard box. Klich passed the ball to Ayling (who had started the attack) with his back to goal. The right book took a touch, turned and found the corner of the net.
What seemed to be a nine man defensive unit held fast for the remaining 75 minutes with the help of the wood work as Bielsa's men continued to pummel Lee Johnson's team ito submission. To make matters better leaders West Brom drew with 5th place Huddersfield (the best result we could have hoped for), Fulham were thrashed at home by relegation threatened Barnsley, Preston were beaten at home by a late Millwall goal and high flying Brentford were held to a 1-1 draw at St Andrews.
In Layman's terms Leeds have created a three point cushion between themselves in second place and Fulham is 3rd, and a gop of 4 points at the top of the summit between West Brom and the Whites.
Bielsa's Post Match Press Conference
Has there been a falling out between Bielsa and Augustin
We have seen three cameo appearances from 20m rated Jean-Kevin Augustin and whilst I understand the 22 year old is regaining his fitness, I can't help but be a little concerned about his body language. He doesn't seem to be putting himself about, making exciting runs or making a nuisance of himself in the opposition box. I understand he has had limited opportunities to show his calibre, but I can't help but feel that what we have seen so far has been lacklustre and uninspiring! Agree?
Ex Leeds midfielder, now Soccer pundit Michael Brown believes that Bielsa may be to blame! Speaking to the press, the former hardman said..
He’s already, I think, tethering with Marcelo Bielsa. So we might see a clash straight away, that we don’t even see him [playing] because Bielsa will not have it if you don’t conform to his ways. Augustin is not at the level of fitness and that’s going to be the one to watch. That could fall out with him and Bielsa because he probably didn’t agree with the manager’s reasons for him not to play to get him to that fitness. He’ll be saying: ‘Well I’m fit, I’ll give you 10, 20 minutes and I’ll nick you a goal,’ but has he lost him already?”