Bielsa: Leeds showed ‘character’ in beating ‘dangerous’ Burnley

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has praised his side for showing ‘character’ defensively in the 1-0 victory over Burnley.

The Whites went ahead in just the 5th-minute thanks to Patrick Bamford.

The striker was brought down in the box by Nick Pope and then sent the penalty into the top corner.


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Leeds had to hold on in the second half as Burnley piled on the pressure.

Burnley had a goal disallowed after Ben Mee was ruled to have fouled Illan Meslier in the buildup.

It was a controversial decision from the referee, however, and Burnley boss Sean Dyche was clearly angry at full time.

Speaking after the victory, Bielsa told BBC Sport: “There were two different images, the first half response to our objective and in the second half, what the opponent was proposing, it was difficult for us to avoid it. We had to show a defence with character to combat it.

“I clearly have to signal in the first half we could have been leading by a bigger margin. In the second, we could have received a goal that would have meant a draw.

“It surprised me. Normally when a team is dominated in the first half, there is usually a reaction in the second half. We came out with the idea of looking for the second goal. But the way they played the game, prevented us from playing how I wanted to play.

“They are a team, although they don’t create many chances, when they do they are dangerous.”

When asked about Burnley’s disallowed goal, Bielsa said: “I don’t know whether the calls were correct or not. I just accept the decisions of the referees. As you ask the question, it seems we have benefitted from the decision.”

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