Leeds fans love what Marcelo Bielsa did after Dan James goal against Burnley
Dan James rounded off a brilliant performance, and crucial 3-1 win for Leeds against Burnley on Sunday. It saw Marcelo Bielsa’s embrace assistant head coach Pablo Quiroga, and Leeds fans have responded on Twitter.
The Whites picked up all three points – starting with Jack Harrison’s first goal of the season. His left-footed effort was saved by Nick Pope, only for Harrison to lash home the rebound. Max Cornet equalised for Burnley in the second half.
But Leeds dominated the game and Stuart Dallas put Leeds back in front on 77 minutes, curling an effort into the far corner from the edge of the area. It was 3-1 in injury time, when James headed home Joe Gelhardt’s cross.
Coming into the match, Bielsa was under pressure. Leeds look as if they will be in the midst of a relegation battle, with the Whites only winning three of their previous 18 league games. But the win against Burnley was very well-timed.
Images emerged on Twitter of Bielsa and assistant Quiroga embracing for a considerable amount of time after James’ goal – the win secured. It suggested a sense of relief, an alleviation of pressure – as Phil Hay suggests.
What are Leeds fans saying about what Bielsa did after James goal?
While the win has not seen Leeds progress up the table, it has opened a sizeable gap. Of the bottom five, Leeds, Newcastle and Norwich have played 19 – but Leeds sit eight points clear of Burnley, who have won once all season.
But the Clarets have only played 17 times, and Watford do have a game in hand over Leeds – with 13 from 18. Ultimately, Leeds are eight points above the drop zone. Leeds fans discussed Bielsa’s hug with Quiroga.