Luke Ayling has explained to Leeds United’s Facebook channel during a Q&A what was said in the Whites’ dressing room following Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s stunning 5-4 win over Birmingham City before the turn of the year.
After a turbulent time, Leeds rounded off the decade in fitting style with a bizarre win at St Andrew’s. The visitors had initially gone 2-0 up during the first-half.
However, Pep Clotet’s side levelled things up during the second-half. But Ayling popped up with a brilliant finish to put Leeds back in front.
Birmingham would equalise then, before repeating the trick after Stuart Dallas had bagged Leeds’s fourth. Heading into the 95th minute, the game was tied at 4-4.
But Leeds would bag a late winner. Ayling’s cross was turned into his own net by Wes Harding. Unsurprisingly, the goal sent the away end of the ground into pandemonium.
Despite the celebrations however, Ayling suggested that the players were quick to realise that they could not afford to get carried away.
“We got in the dressing room and we were just like, ‘do not let that happen again’,” he told Leeds’s official Facebook channel. “We let the lead go, I don’t know how many times. I think we were 2-0 up, then 2-2, 3-2 and so on.
“We just walked in and sat down and the boys looked at me because of the goal, and I set up two, and were saying: ‘what’s just happened there?. Just let that be a lesson though, do not let that happen again’. It was mental.”
It was a remarkable game. And while some of the defending was poor, Leeds, and to an extend Birmingham, deserve a lot of credit for the character that they showed.
Both teams were handed a number of setbacks during the game. And yet, they got off the canvas on several occasions and responded with blows of their own.
Despite the dressing room chat, Leeds would actually win one of their next eight games. But the Whites have now won their last five and have not conceded a goal in that run.