Leeds United hero Jermaine Beckford has Marcelo Bielsa expectancy after Crawley Town loss
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Leeds United hero Jermaine Beckford thinks Marcelo Bielsa ‘won’t be too kind’ to players after their 3-0 FA Cup defeat to Crawley Town on Sunday. The Whites went into the match widely expected to cruise into the next round. But that didn’t happen, with the League Two side instead inflicting a shock defeat.
Leeds were put to the sword by Crawley on Sunday, with second half goals from Nick Tsaroulla, Ashley Nadesan and Jordan Tunnicliffe sending the League Two side through.
It was a chastening day for the visitors, who were played off the pitch by the hosts.
And Leeds hero Beckford thinks Bielsa ‘won’t be too kind’ to his players in the aftermath of the result, telling BBC Sport: “It’s not the fact that Leeds lost, it is the manner in which they lost.
“They were pretty toothless in the final third and that’s not something that we’re used to seeing.
“We are used to seeing Leeds peppering the opposition goal but we didn’t see that today.
“Leeds almost ran out of options and ideas once they got to within 22 yards of the goal.
“But I can’t see Marcelo Bielsa being too kind to these guys – he’ll have them in training tomorrow morning and everything they did wrong today they will be making right.”
Bielsa himself bemoaned his side’s poor attacking play on the day, with the Argentine saying: “We couldn’t unbalance them when we attacked. We had the ball for a long period of time but we couldn’t do much with it.
“In the first half it was a first half where we played better than the opponent and the game was played how we wanted it to be played, even if we didn’t create much danger.
“And in the second half, the game was played how the opponents wanted to play and they did create danger to deserve the goals that they scored.
“The result generates a lot of sadness and disappointment for us.”
While Leeds were dejected at the final whistle, Crawley were delighted.
And manager John Yems was thrilled, saying Bielsa was ‘very complimentary’ after the match.
“It’s not me v Bielsa. It’s all the about the team,” he said.
“I’ve gone past that stage – it’s nothing to do with me.
“He does what he does, and I do what I do. He was very complimentary afterwards, but I suppose if you lose 3-0 you can’t do anything but.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. The pity is that there is no supporters here.
“I’ve been telling the lads to go out and enjoy tonight, but you can’t go out anywhere so that shows how up to date I am with things!
“But no, listen, it is what it is. Hopefully we can move onwards and upwards.
“Nick Tsaroulla is another one, alongside Max Watters, a few people have said ‘what am I doing signing those?’ but sometimes you get these lads who want a second chance, and they come on and perform like that, and it is brilliant for them, because they’ve had enough knocks so let them enjoy the moment.”
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