Well, what a horrific game that was.
After the dramatic 3-2 win against Millwall on Tuesday this was as much of a gimme of a game as you could ask for in the Championship.
Wigan turned us over. It was a classic smash and grab.
It means West Brom go top and Fulham are now just three points back in third.
If the chasing teams weren’t so poor this season, we’d be long gone from the top two.
Here are the three things we learned from the game at Elland Road today…
1. Bielsa is stubborn
Everyone was expecting Jean-Kevin Augustin to be on the bench today despite both him and Bielsa saying he needed time to adapt. With goals hard to come by and no other striker options, though, it seems like having Augustin to call on – and he did say he was physically fit on Thursday at the press conference – would have been sensible. However, this is what Bielsa does and he’s never going to change. We just have to roll with it. However, every Leeds fan knows that Bielsa is human now. He has his faults and Leeds will have to win promotion in spite of them.
2. Casilla and Bamford need to be dropped
The Championship is a squad game. You can’t keep playing the same players week in, week out and expect them to produce different results when form is bad. Kiko Casilla has been horrible for a couple of months now. He’s cost Leeds goals and points. Patrick Bamford isn’t a 20-goal a season striker. He does lots of things well but he’s not clinical enough. Jarrod Bowen has scored more than him from the wing for Hull. Both players should be dropped. Jean-Kevin Augustin should come in and Illan Meslier given the gloves.
3. Stats damned stats
The stats [SofaScore] all pointed one way as usual with Leeds playing at Elland Road, apart from the one that really mattered. If it wasn’t so depressing it would be laughable. 76% possession, 18 shots to five, five shots on target to two, 13 corners to six, two big chances to none and two big chances missed. How do you lose that game? Something has to change unless Leeds want to be the best team to not go up.