Marcelo Bielsa: The win was necessary for us and very important

Ruben Hill
June 29, 2020

Marcelo Bielsa's side got the better of Fulham 3-0 at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Only the top two clubs at the end of the regular season are guaranteed promotion to the Premier League.

With West Bromwich dropping points against Brentford, Leeds have taken a three-point lead at the top.

"There were other things, our feelings (on Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry) that we had to consider and it was part of the match of today as well".

There were no fans present, however, with spectators barred on health grounds in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Bamford put Leeds ahead after 10 minutes by finishing coolly after being set up by Heldar Costa.

Leeds doubled their lead after the break when substitute Ezgjan Alioski scored with a low finish after two Fulham defenders failed to cut out Jack Harrison's low centre, and Harrison wrapped it up on the counter-attack.

The London side's miserable day was compounded in injury-time as substitute Neeskens Kebano was sent off for a second bookable offence.

"In the first half it was hard for us to recover the ball in the opponent's half".

"We came here with a real objective about us to go and win the game and put it to a very good Leeds side, a top Leeds team that has navigated their way around this division for a few years now and I thought we were superb in that really".

Fulham dominated much of the rest of the second half, with Mitrovic and Anthony Knockaert going close to an equaliser.

Preston dropped out of the play-off places after losing 3-1 at home to Cardiff, who swapped places with the Lilywhites and are on 60 points.

It was a massive boost for Leeds United's promotion hopes.

Barnsley slipped to the bottom of the table after a goalless draw with Millwall.

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