‘El Loco’ had never seen anything quite like this. The 63 year-old may have tasted Olympic success and domestic honours in his native Argentina, but Marcelo Bielsa had never led a Leeds United team into the hostile surrounds of Cold Blow Lane for one of English football’s most notorious fixtures.
The Yorkshire giants were top of the league when the arrived in south east London last September. They lost and their early season form spiraled out of control, leading to Thomas Christiansen’s eventual departure in February.
For Leeds, a worrying symmetry was all but confirmed as Jed Wallace’s second half goal separating the teams with a minute remaining, leaving Bielsa to contemplate his first league defeat.
He didn’t have to thanks for Jack Harrison’s low 20 yard strike in front of the jubilant away fans, keeping Leeds at the summit.
Defeat would have been tough on the former Marseille manager, whose team were superior for long spells but lacked edge where it counted as their key men were missed.
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