Leeds lost 2-0 to Preston North End last night in the Carabao Cup. Preston were superb throughout the fixture and Alex Neil got his tactics spot on as he pressed the Whites defence and forced mistakes out of them. However, it was only the cup and a lot of fans are keen to focus on the Championship.
GOAL: 2-0 Preston….. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 28, 2018
After falling 1-0 down inside the first two minutes when they gave away an early penalty. They were given plenty of hope, though, just before the half an hour mark after Ryan Ledson was given his marching orders. It wasn’t to be for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and Preston took a 2-0 lead going into half-time which they defended superbly throughout, claiming a 2-0 win at Elland Road and inflicting the Whites with their first competitive defeat under Bielsa.
The fans will be keen not to dwell on it and they’ll be keen to see a turnaround when they host Middlesbrough on Friday night at Elland Road. The game is a very early top of the table clash. Both sides are sitting pretty on 13 points, with Leeds above the Northeast club on goal difference alone. It looks likely that one of the two sides will have to lose their unbeaten record on Friday and the Whites will be keen to make sure it’s not them.
You can read the Whites’ verdict on their loss to Preston here:
This is the Leeds Utd that I fell in love with..
— Chris Byrne (@ChrisByrne1986) August 28, 2018
This is the Leeds I remember. In control against 10 men. Have a corner. 10 seconds later we concede
Ah well, the cup is an unnecessary distraction
— DP (@DanP_LUFC) 28 August 2018
Haha Bielsa out!
— Leeds 4 Life (@leeds_4) August 28, 2018
— Survivor (@m7md_ibrahim7) August 28, 2018
Several changes anyway & Friday Night is the one to win anyway.
— Darren (@D_Dunne1) August 28, 2018
Hopefully this pushes radz to bring another change In
— Ash (@Ashleyw86133760) August 28, 2018
Not a trophy worth winning, £100k to the winner and the least coveted trophy in English football. Staying in adds to our minutes over the course of the season, so no great loss.
— Gav #lufc (@LUFCGav) August 28, 2018
The supporters are loving life under Bielsa and last night’s blip will be forgotten about if they can make a quick turnaround against Boro on Friday.