Just as when Leeds went down to Birmingham at Elland Road last month, Marcelo Bielsa’s side probably came away from Ewood Park on Saturday wondering how they had lost against Blackburn.
Two goals from set-pieces allowed Tony Mowbray’s side to bag a win which ultimately denied Leeds the chance to finish the weekend in top spot in the Championship.
Blackburn were clinical and deserved their win. But Leeds have beaten much better teams this term, so should certainly feel that they missed a golden opportunity.
It was a disappointing afternoon. But here are some positives to take from the game heading into Wednesday’s clash with Ipswich Town…
Trio of returns
After lengthy absences, Pablo Hernandez, Gaetano Berardi and Kemar Roofe all featured against Rovers. Berardi made a couple of mistakes that could be put down to rustiness. But the Swiss generally looked bright and contributed an assist.
Roofe struggled to make an impact on the game, while Hernandez created a couple of problems after coming on in the latter stages. Having the trio back is undoubtedly good news given their form before their respective injuries.
Leeds looked a much more dangerous side once Jack Clarke came on. The young winger was fearless when it came to getting on the ball and tested the goalkeeper. He could prove to be a crucial asset as the season goes on.
Superb team goal
Leeds’ inability to pick out that killer pass was a key reason why we are reflecting on no points instead of one or even three. But one occasion where they did unlock Blackburn’s defence came just before the break as a brilliant team move allowed Mateusz Klich to equalise.
The Poland international slid home after an excellent ball from Samuel Saiz allowed Berardi to lay the chance on a plate for Klich.
Unfortunately, they could not recreate that quality in the final moments of the second-half.