Marcelo Bielsa praises Leeds' defence as they keep rare clean sheet

Marcelo Bielsa praises Leeds’ defence as they keep first clean sheet since December in 2-0 win over Crystal Palace… and believes his side are continuing to make progress in the Premier League

  • Leeds beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to keep their first clean sheet since December
  • Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford scored the goals in a routine win for the hosts
  • Marcelo Bielsa praised the way his side saw out the match without concern
  • The Leeds boss also believes that his side are making progress in the top-flight

Marcelo Bielsa savoured Leeds’ first clean sheet in seven Premier League games after their 2-0 home win against Crystal Palace.

Leeds moved into the top half of the table thanks to goals early in either half from Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford and did not concede for the first time since their 5-0 win at West Brom at the end of December.

‘The fact that we didn’t concede any goals was important,’ Bielsa said. ‘We didn’t suffer any chances in the first half and very few in the second.

Marcelo Bielsa enjoyed Leeds’ first clean sheet since December in their win over Crystal Palace

This was Illan Meslier’s first clean sheet since Leeds’ 5-0 win over West Brom on December 29

‘The team didn’t lose vitality in the last 15 minutes. We managed the ball, but we didn’t stop creating danger.

‘It was very important for us to keep the ball and when we lost it, it was important for them not to create danger and we managed to do this.’

Leeds could have won by a bigger margin after Bamford and Stuart Dallas both forced fine saves from Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

Bamford also ballooned off target when through on goal in the first period, while Harrison struck the crossbar with a second-half effort.

Patrick Bamford scored Leeds’ second goal and could have had more with better finishing

‘Although in the end we didn’t attack as much throughout the game we generally caused them danger,’ said Bielsa.

And Bielsa believes his side are beginning to look more at home in the top flight.

‘The fact that we won the Championship is more distant, further away,’ he added.

‘We’re making our steps in the Premier League now. We’re trying to play as naturally as possible and to show the desire to play in this league.’

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