By Mark Smith

22nd Dec, 2019 | 9:30am

Tony Dorigo claims Bielsa gamble left Leeds 'Exposed' in 2-1 defeat v Fulham

Many never thought the day would come where Marcelo Bielsa would play both Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah together upfront for Leeds United.

The South American decided to bring the Arsenal loanee into the game at half time, and he played a part in the Whites goal with his shot being parried to Bamford who momentarily equalised at Craven Cottage.

Bielsa’s decision may have brought Leeds a goal, but it took a man out of midfield – an area which he is so used to watching his side dominate.

That did leave the away side open to more attacks in the second half, and something that saw Josh Onomah fire home the winner in the 2-1 defeat which ended Leeds’ 11-match unbeaten run.

Former Leeds player Tony Dorigo shared that he thought the change was one of the reasons behind the Whites’ downfall in London.

“Interesting that he made that change with two up top and what that shows me was he gambled,” he claimed after the game on LUTV.

“But we were exposed. I don’t think we controlled that midfield anywhere near the way we did in the first 45.

“We didn’t win the game and we were so open at times.”

It’s easy to look back now and claim that was a major part of the downfall, but without a controversial penalty decision, Leeds would have a claimed a point – something we all would have taken before the game.

Both Nketiah and Bamford did cause problems, but maybe Bielsa will look back at this and think that it is an experiment probably better used against a side who aren’t as capable in the final third as Fulham are in the future.

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