By David Woods

14th Dec, 2019 | 5:41pm

MOT View: Neil Harris comments after 3-3 draw will make Leeds fans sick


How do a team like Leeds United lose a three-goal lead with 30 minutes of the game to go?

It seemed like an impossible task for Cardiff but they won an unlikely point and stopped Leeds opening up a 13-point gap between top and third this afternoon.

As it is, West Brom stay top and the inquest begins for Leeds.

These things happen in football but it came just at the wrong time for Leeds, looking for their eighth win in a row. This result will hurt.

Marcelo Bielsa was struggling to explain it, too. After the game he said, “It’s difficult to explain. The opponent came at us with set-pieces, long throws, corners and we knew that would happen because in the Championship, these are important factors.

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“I didn’t see a nervous team on the pitch. In one part of the season when the match was in the final stages I saw that the team was a little bit nervous but that wasn’t what happened today. The team was calm and in control. But clearly we received three goals which we cannot explain.” [Athletic]

But it was the post-match comments from Cardiff manager Neil Harris that will really make the Leeds fans feel sick.

“Leeds are a very good side and full respect to that,” Harris said. “It’s a hard one because Leeds were better than us, I can’t not praise my players. I’m a very happy manager with a point but for us to move forward we have to be better than conceding cheap goals.”

That says it all, really. Leeds were by far the better side on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds had 69% possession, 25 shots, eight on target. Cardiff had eight shots and three on target, meaning they scored from every one of them.

You can see from SofaScore’s Attack Momentum graph how one-sided the game was. It’s definitely two points thrown away and Neil Harris knows his side got away with one.

However, Leeds now need to show character and put this behind them. The winning run was going to end at some point. And it’s Fulham next. That’s a bigger game now.

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