'This is a very serious wound in the worst moment' - Bielsa reels from Leeds' promotion body blow
PUBLISHED: 19:06 20 April 2019 | UPDATED: 19:06 20 April 2019
Leeds' boss Marcelo Bielsa is taking full responsibility for a shock defeat to 10-man Wigan for City's Championship promotion rivals.
The Canaries ground out a hard-fought point at Wigan last weekend, but the Latics topped that with a 2-1 away success at Elland Road on Good Friday.
Paul Cook's side had a man sent off in the 14th minute, although Pablo Hernandez missed the penalty, and then fell behind to Patrick Bamford's opener, but bravely hit back twice to knock Leeds out of the automatic promotion places.
Bielsa must now pick his side up for a crucial Easter Monday date at Brentford. Leeds go into that game five points behind the Canaries and now in third on goal difference to Sheffield United.
“The result tells a lot about me and condemns seriously my work,” said the Argentine. “You have no explanation that could justify a loss like this, it was a game we had to win and it was a game that we could win and we didn't win it.
“This is a very serious wound in the worst moment and the only relief we can have is to get promoted, what we've done so far is not enough.
“I am very sad, but I am full of motivation and I'm ready to work again immediately in these games.
“The only relief we can get is to get promoted.
“What we've done so far is not enough. It's clear that it's not enough. We need to have more strength. It's a moment of weakness that was not expected.
“If we don't get promoted, if we can't get promoted, it won't be a season to be remembered.
“That's not because we have the obligation to get promotion but it's because we arrived at this moment with all the conditions to get promoted.
“Everything was in our favour. Destiny gave us a hand - a red card for the opponent, a penalty we missed, 15 chances to score. There's no doubt that I bear the responsibility for this moment. I'm very sad but I'm very motivated.”