Leeds fans on Twitter are torn over whether or not Marcelo Bielsa made the right decision in allowing Aston Villa to walk through and score an equaliser, after he watched his own players score whilst a Villa player was down injured.
Of course, it wasn’t a head injury to Jonathan Kodjia, so the Leeds players had every right not to kick the ball out. However, a number of Villa players had stopped playing as Mateusz Klich ran through to net the opener, which sparked fury from Dean Smith’s men.
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After the incident and resulting scenes of anger, Bielsa instructed his team to give Villa an equaliser, a message that all of his players except Pontus Jansson received – the Swede tried to tackle Albert Adomah as he approached the goal.
Now, as aforesaid, Leeds didn’t have to kick the ball out, so some of the club’s supporters on Twitter have questioned why Bielsa let them run through to score, whilst others have praised the Argentine’s sportsmanship – the fanbase really is split on the matter…
Absolute madness, can't believe Bielsa allowed em to walk one in, but much better performance and if Roofe had been on we would've won that. Confident for playoffs and believing we are going up! #lufc #mot #alaw
— Gary Wilson 💙💛 (@WilsonLeeds84) April 28, 2019
Credit to Marcelo Bielsa for his sportsmanship today. Credit to Dean Smith for not going OTT in his interview with Sky Sports just now. It was a great game and a draw was the right result in the end. #lufc
— Mark Bateman (@MGB8man) April 28, 2019
Always knew Bielsa would do it, but I'm with Pontus on not giving the goal back. If a team puts it out that's fair enough, but it's play to the whistle otherwise. There was nothing wrong with player down – which is the case 99% of the time. #lufc
— The Scratching Shed 💙💛 (@TSSLUFC) April 28, 2019
I still never not boring at Elland Road is it? Class decision from Bielsa. Atwell out of his depth. #lufc
— Andrew Butterwick (@MOTForever) April 28, 2019
I’m sorry this was a poor choice from bielsa to let them score
— LUFC!!!!!!! (@TGORyann) April 28, 2019
Things we can take from today:
Villa are sensitive
Grealish is a diver
The whole country hates the massive Leeds United again😍
— SS 🧶 (@lufcspen) April 28, 2019
Lost some respect for Bielsa for allowing that goal. Sorry but Grealish and Kodjia were feigning injury all game especially when we won the ball happened behind play no head injury its play on and we scored. Villas fault for been soft southerners and switching off #lufc
— Bryn Johnson (@BrynLufc) April 28, 2019
— Gareth Crossman (@garethcrossman) April 28, 2019