Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet has been assessing his side’s performance after losing to Leeds United in the Championship yesterday.
Leeds won 1-0 at Elland Road thanks to a Kalvin Phillips goal. Leeds were celebrating their centenary in the game, which also gave a special gloss to the win.
Clotet, of course, knows all about the Leeds fans. He was the assistant manager to Garry Monk during his time at Leeds United and worked with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez and Liam Cooper at Elland Road.
Speaking to BBC West Midlands Sport, Clotet admitted that home advantage was a big bonus for Leeds, but he also felt his team did well to limit Leeds’ attacks throughout.
“They started very strong you have to give them that. It’s a very special game for them and they play at home, it is probably the toughest place to come as a visitor…
“Leeds is a team that press very, very well. Everything needs to be very precise for that ball to go in. We managed to dismantle most of Leeds’ attacks. So I think it was a very good game from both sides.”
There is no doubt that Elland Road was bouncing yesterday and Birmingham were always going to face an uphill task.
Leeds will have felt disappointed not to have come away with a more convincing win and perhaps Clotet can take some solace from that fact.
Leeds will now hope to continue their winning ways against Preston North End in midweek.