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Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds promotion is “difficult” after Brentford loss

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted his side’s automatic promotion chances are looking gloomy after their 2-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Brentford. Neal Maupay gave Brentford the lead on the stroke of half-time when he curled a stunning 25-yard drive past Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla and Sergi Canos put the game beyond doubt just after the hour mark when he finishedoff a slick four-man move. The result leaves Leeds three points behind second-placed Sheffield United and with an inferior goal difference, with just two matches remaining. Bielsa said: “I am very sad with today’s loss and it’s going to be very difficult but as long as maths say something we will follow this. But we know our opportunity is now less.” The Argentinian shook every one of his players...

Championship roundup: Norwich made to wait for promotion despite Leeds slip-up

Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich were forced to wait to secure promotion to the Premier League after being held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke. The Canaries could have sealed top spot with victory at the Bet365 Stadium but they had to settle for a point for a fourth game in succession. That allowed Sheffield United to cut the gap at the top to three points but Norwich will still return to the top flight if they take a point from either of their two remaining games. Four draws on the bounce. #ncfc pic.twitter.com/ZfgobKHxWB — Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) April 22, 2019 Onel Hernandez fired Daniel Farke’s side ahead against Stoke after 24 minutes but the Potters responded after the break through Ashley Williams. Teemu Pukki, netting his 28th league goal of the season, restored Norwich&...

Result: Promotion-chasing Leeds slump to damaging Brentford defeat

Brentford dealt Leeds’ hopes of an automatic return to the Premier League a hammer blow with a thrilling 2-0 win at Griffin Park. Neal Maupay gave Brentford the lead on the stroke of half time when he curled a stunning 25-yard drive past Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla. Sergi Canos, a thorn in the visitors’ side down the left throughout the first half, slid the Frenchman in with a slide-rule through ball for him to notch his 27th of the season. And Canos put the game beyond doubt just after the hour mark when he finished off a slick four-man move to dink the ball over the keeper to seal the three points. The setback means Marcelo Bielsa‘s Leeds now sit in third, three points behind Sheffield United with just two games remaining. The half time score was harsh on Leeds, who had t...

Daniel Farke hails “outstanding” Norwich City as they bid to seal promotion

Norwich boss Daniel Farke says it is a privilege to work with his side as they bid to clinch promotion to the Premier League with victory at Stoke on Monday. The Canaries could be confirmed as Sky Bet Championship title winners if they win and both Sheffield United and Leeds fail to take three points. Farke was furious after Mario Vrancic’s stoppage-time free-kick had to rescue a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday and feels key decisions have gone against his men in their three previous games, which all ended as draws. The last kick of a game when your team needs a point… ⏰ #ncfc Step forward, Mario Vrancic! 👊 pic.twitter.com/Uc3zKjGPBd — Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) April 20, 2019 “We never know when we have lost a game,” Farke told the club’s...

Championship roundup: Norwich inch towards promotion as Leeds suffer setback

Norwich need five more points to secure promotion to the Premier League after snatching a dramatic 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road. Marco Stiepermann fired the home side in front in the 20th minute, only for Fernando Forestieri to equalise with a goal-of-the season contender, curling an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 30 yards out. Steven Fletcher put the visitors in front early in the second half in controversial circumstances, Tim Krul saving the initial effort as Fletcher slid in at the far post before the ball bounced back and appeared to hit the striker on the arm before trickling over the line. Three to go…#EFL | #SkyBetChampionship pic.twitter.com/08uMciqJrr — Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) April 19, 2019 However, Mario Vrancic lashed home a fre...

Marcelo Bielsa accepts blame for shock Leeds United defeat

Manager Marcelo Bielsa says he has no explanation for Leeds’ shock 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan. United looked to be cruising to three crucial points in the promotion race after Patrick Bamford gave them a 17th-minute lead. The opener came just moments after Cedric Kipre had been red-carded for handling a Bamford shot, with Pablo Hernandez missing the resulting penalty. But the Latics refused to buckle and Gavin Massey’s brace turned the game around, meaning Leeds trail second-placed Sheffield United on goal difference with three games to go. “There is no explanation why that happened today,” Bielsa said. “Destiny gave us a red card, a penalty and 15 chances to score. “We simply should have won that game today. The conditions were right there for us to wi...

Marcelo Bielsa: “The job is not done”

Marcelo Bielsa is refusing to get carried away after Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 to move a step nearer to promotion. Jack Harrison hit a second-half winner to open up a three point cushion on Sheffield United in the race for Premier League. Harrison broke the deadlock in the 65th minute after Wednesday had frustrated the Whites. Leeds had been denied by two wonder saves from Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood during a dominant first half. But it could have been more comfortable as United wasted a number of good chances, with Patrick Bamford in particular having an off-day. Wednesday, who offered little in the way of danger, could have rescued an unlikely point with a minute to go when Marco Matias hit the side netting. Bielsa said: “A three point lead is not a big difference eve...

Result: Harrison hands Leeds huge promotion boost

Jack Harrison hit the winner as Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 to open up a three-point cushion on Sheffield United in the race for the Premier League. Harrison produced a deadly finish in the 65th minute to finally break the deadlock after Wednesday had frustrated their Yorkshire rivals. The Whites had been denied by two wonder saves from visiting goalkeeper Keiren Westwood during a dominant first half. United were also left counting the cost of some wayward finishing, with Patrick Bamford in particular having an off-day. But the relentless pressure finally paid off when Harrison fired home. Westwood had to be at his very best to keep out a Tyler Roberts header after 13 minutes as the home side started to find their stride. Gary Hooper could only hit the side-netting before Adam Reach...

Leeds United to make £7m move for Reading midfielder John Swift?

Leeds United reportedly want to sign John Swift from Reading in a £7m deal, no matter what division they are competing in next season. Reading midfielder John Swift is a transfer target for Leeds United, according to a report. The Whites are said to already have plans in place for the summer window, despite not knowing what division they will be competing in. Leeds, who occupy an automatic promotion place in the Championship at this late stage in the season, are believed to have their eyes on Reading ace Swift. Football Insider claims that United are ready to test their second-tier rivals’ resolve with a £7m offer, matching the initial sum handed over to Middlesbrough to sign Patrick Bamford last August. Marcelo Bielsa will push ahead with plans to sign Swift no matter what division ...

Marcelo Bielsa “proud” of Leeds United performance in win over Preston

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa praised double goal scorer Patrick Bamford as he helped his side to a 2-0 win at Preston. Bielsa did not feel that Bamford was at his best in the win over Millwall two weeks ago and improved in the 1-0 defeat against Birmingham at the weekend. But his two goals at Deepdale helped move Leeds – who took full advantage of Ben Pearson’s straight red card – back into the automatic promotion places for 24 hours at least as they leapfrogged Sheffield United. Bielsa said: “I thought Patrick Bamford adapted very well after one very difficult game. “He didn’t play well against Millwall, against Birmingham he increased his level and performance. “Having three chances is something positive for a striker. He improved his performance again today...

Leeds defender Barry Douglas ruled out for rest of season

Douglas ruptured a medial ligament during Leeds’ win over Millwall. Leeds defender Barry Douglas has been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage. The 29-year-old sustained the injury during the Whites’ 3-2 Championship victory over Millwall on Saturday. He managed to see out the game but scans have revealed that he ruptured a medial ligament, ruling him out for between two and three months. The injury means Douglas, who has made 27 appearances during his first season for Leeds, will play no further part in the club’s push for promotion to the Premier League. He joined Leeds from Wolves last summer having previously played for Queen’s Park, Dundee United, Lech Poznan and Konyaspor, while he has been capped once by Scotland. Read Next: Rangers ...

Result: Pablo Hernandez on fire as Leeds maintain promotion push

Leeds moved back into the automatic promotion places in dramatic fashion with a thrilling 3-2 win over relegation-threatened Millwall. For a long time it looked as if Leeds would back up their crushing defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United with another damaging result. But Pablo Hernandez – overlooked for the Sky Bet Championship team of the season – hauled Leeds from the brink with a brace in an inspirational performance. Ben Thompson gave Millwall a deserved early lead and it appeared as if it would be another painful afternoon for Leeds when Patrick Bamford missed from the penalty spot. But Hernandez equalised before the break and then scored the winner after Luke Ayling had cancelled out Ben Marshall’s spot-kick. The biggest cheer of the day came at full-time when Sheffield...

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