Well, what an absolute rollercoaster that was. The Whites and the Villains shared the spoils in spectacular fashion yesterday. If it hadn’t been for Leeds’ lack of sportsmanship then it would have petered out into an eventless 0-0 draw, but it didn’t and one key incident that has come up is the rift between Pontus Jansson and Marcelo Bielsa.
Slightly odd from Bielsa on Jansson trying to stop Adomah score. "Jansson didn't want to obey the indication I gave. That diminishes my authority and I don't know what the consequences are when you lose respect from a player." But then said his answer was ironic. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 28, 2019
The Leeds fans have had it ridiculously tough over the last couple of weeks. Never have the Elland Road faithful been left so distraught after an Easter Weekend. Losses to Wigan and Brentford derailed their chances of winning automatic promotion and now they have been left facing the playoffs as Norwich and Sheffield United claimed the prize, and yesterday’s game with Villa was testing the water for the playoffs.
In the clash with Villa, after scoring a highly controversial goal Marcelo Bielsa instructed his side to concede to the visitors and let them walk through to tap in, and it was a decision that did not sit well with Jansson. The Swedish defender kicked off and was visibly disgusted before trying to stop Albert Adomah from scoring, defying his manager’s instruction even if he couldn’t keep the ball out of the net.
You can read the Whites’ backing of Jansson here:
I'm with Jansson on this one.
— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) April 28, 2019
I’d have done the same. Well done Pontus.
— (@scotlufc) 28 April 2019
I’m with pontus
— mason smart (@Acenin11) April 28, 2019
I’m with Jansson on this
— Harry (@Harry_KelIy) April 28, 2019
Pontus was every Leeds fan. He loves the club and that was 3 points in our hands. Wins important for the confidence. It wasn’t our fault the Villa players assumed we were going to stop. Play to the whistle
— Jesus (@TRMT1919) April 28, 2019
It’s called professional pride
— Mark (@Slaven167) 28 April 2019
I'm with @PJansson5 to be honest
— Paul Webster (@PaulW_COO) April 28, 2019
I’m proud of Jansson for having his own principles. Bielsa doesn’t have to agree but I’m with Jansson on this one
— Mark Hartley (@MarkHartley84) April 28, 2019
Pontus was bang in the right. End of story.
— Jamie (@JamieDuncanson1) April 28, 2019
The Whites are all defiantly standing with Jansson in this debate and would rather stand with their Swede that they shouldn’t have allowed Villa to the walk the ball in for the equaliser.
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