Leeds had to lose at some point. Would it not be the most Leeds thing ever if the first defeat was to the team that hasn’t won? Yes, it would; and that’s exactly what happened.
I’m also going to avoid that it was to Garry Monk’s Birmingham as much as possible.
So early on in the season is fairly meaningless in reality. Especially when we still have Prince Pablo and Kemar Roofe injured.
Although I am still struggling to accept that we troubled to score against Lee Camp.
It looked as though Leeds may have found an unbelievable comeback in injury time when, Camp, parried away a strike from fellow countryman Stuart Dallas.
We can analyse every detail, but the truth is, a result like this was coming. Five points from twelve don’t make for the best of reading but we’re still top. With Roofe and Hernandez still to come back also, I remain in high confidence. Yes, those words did just come from a Leeds fan.
When Bielsa opted for a 3-3-1-3 formation in the second half, all I could think of was the times under Simon Grayson. Grayson came in playing 4-4-2 and completely sh*t-housed our way to promotion.
We know what a tactical genius Bielsa is supposed to be and they’ve worked thus far.
Saturday, however, was only worrying in the sense that we found no way to break Blues down.
All we can do is remember that key players are still to come back. Including Izzy Brown who we haven’t mentioned.
Before I forget. I want to give a shout-out to everyone whose bets we ruined. I can assure you it was a pleasure.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has come under immense scrutiny since the game. The Northern Ireland international was at fault for the first goal and arguably the second.
Unfortunately, this is the risk you play with young ‘keepers. They are going to make mistakes.
There were many flaws however that underpins this.
We can put the blame on the Peacock and ignore that it somehow got through three defenders and ended up almost remorsefully into the net.
Both wingers were ineffective, causing an isolated Tyler Roberts to be completely limited.
Kalvin Phillips was, for the second time this season, substituted in the first half. His run off the pitch with no expression connoted that it was simply tactical.
It also cannot be ignored that it did get better towards the end and Alioski came up trumps with a late surge to bring one back. I have been trying to prevent saying his name but as he scored I simply can’t. He was as bad as he has ever been and that is being kind.
I respect Alioski as a player and I think most do. His work rate is second to none and all we ask as Leeds fans are to give 110% and he does that and more.
So far this season, Bielsa has responded well to setbacks. I hardly believe he was that naive to not realise the challenges this league produces when he took the job.
We saw this last season. Thomas Christiansen lost at Millwall for the first time and the season was mentally over. This season I feel we’re much more mentally prepared. Especially when it’s much the same team.
Wednesday away next, on a Friday night. Let’s have it.