Leeds United were hoping to get their season back on track after a rough patch of form saw them concede their place at the top of the table to red hot Norwich City.
Bielsa’s men, who had previously managed only two wins in six league games, had a golden opportunity to take advantage of current upheaval at Boro.
A shock 2-0 loss to Newport County in the FA Cup earlier this week was shortly followed by reports of confrontations between players and travelling fans, who were quite rightfully voicing their concerns over poor performances (as per Gazette Live).
But it wasn’t to be. Boro player Lewis Wing notched the first of the game in the early stages of the second half and, despite Leeds United’s best efforts, didn’t see a reply until Kalvin Phillips nodded home a dramatic equalizer on the 90’ +11 mark.
Of course, the obvious hero of the day was Phillips, whose incredibly late goal kept his team firmly in the title race. However, credit should be given to Pablo Hernandez (valued at just £1.8m by Transfermarkt) for his efforts after replacing Jack Clarke – whom we wish a speedy recovery to – on the stroke of halftime.
The little Spaniard used all his creative experience to spray balls around the attacking half of the pitch, when his team were pressing in the final period, and it was his initial long-range effort which resulted in the set piece leading to the Phillips goal. Already a cult-hero amongst the Whites faithful, the former Swansea City ace went some way into holding off a disaster with his quick-thinking and ambitious strike.
This could be the defining moment we look back to when reviewing Leeds United’s season…
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