'Get over it' - Don Goodman delivers verdict on Leeds 'shock'
Don Goodman has urged Leeds United to “get over” their 3-3 draw against Cardiff City on Saturday as they lost their place at the top of the Championship table.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men blew a three-goal lead with half an hour to go and despite maintaining their unbeaten run against the Bluebirds, there is a real sense that the draw felt like a loss.
Leeds’ defence had been very solid all season up until they met Cardiff at the weekend having only conceded 10 goals before that game.
Mistakes at the back in the closing stages cost the Whites the win but ex-West Brom and Bradford striker Goodman has urged the Yorkshire club to focus on the positives.
“The Leeds United team will probably feel a little bit sour for a day or two but they’ve got to get over it,” Goodman told Sky Sports’ EFL Podcast via Spreaker [2m5s].
“They’re still unbeaten in 11 but it will probably feel like a defeat when you’re 3-0, won’t it? Especially when you’ve only conceded 10 goals in the whole season prior to that game.
“It was a real shock that Cardiff were able to make the comeback but they’ll focus on the positives.
“Performances remain of a high level, they’re 11 games unbeaten so there’s not too much to worry about really.”
It is hard to disagree with anything that Goodman has said here but Leeds’ players and management cannot ignore the fact that the final stages of that game were unacceptable.
Leeds should have won easily but Bielsa’s substitutions, coupled with some dodgy performances by his players, were definitely the main factors.
There is no doubt that Bielsa will have learned from that but the players also need to use that as a wake-up call to learn that nothing can be taken for granted in the Championship.
If they realise that and apply it in their remaining fixtures this season then Leeds should be able to win promotion back to the Premier League.
In other Leeds United news, Leeds are readying an offer to sign a player previously managed by Bielsa.