Leeds United’s Marcelo Bielsa satisfied while Middlesbrough’s Tony Pulis left frustrated

Kemar Roofe holds off Stewart Downing at Elland Road.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Kemar Roofe holds off Stewart Downing at Elland Road. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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HEAD COACH Marcelo Bielsa felt Leeds United’s stalemate with Middlesbrough in last night’s top of the table clash was a “fair result”.

Both sides largely cancelled each other out in front of a sell-out Elland Road crowd to ensure the Yorkshire duo will spend the international break occupying the two automatic promotion places.

Marcelo Bielsa greets Tony Pulis at Elland Road.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Marcelo Bielsa greets Tony Pulis at Elland Road. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

“It is a fair result,” said Bielsa. “It was very hard to build our game. In spite of this we could have had four or five attempts on their goal.

“In order to evaluate the result I compare the domination of the game and the attempts on goal that we had. We can be satisfied.

“It is not that we dominated the game, but what we did was pretty good. The fact of conceding attempts on our goal makes the result a fair one.”

Boro counterpart Tony Pulis, meanwhile, felt his side could have won. “The disappointment is we have better players in possession than we showed,” said Pulis, who yesterday signed Wolves defender Danny Baath and George Saville, the Millwall midfielder. “Of the two teams I felt we just edged it.”

It is not that we dominated the game but what we did was pretty good. The fact of conceding attempts on our goal makes the result a fair one.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

As for Leeds sitting top of the Championship Bielsa added: “You can’t make any definite conclusion at this stage of the season. We have played against different kinds of rivals.

“This game was very difficult to face. The physical challenge was special. But we should consider what we have done so far as satisfactory.”