Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa conceded that his team struggled to deal with the physical presence of Queens Park Rangers, despite emerging as 2-1 winners from the Championship encounter on Saturday.
After falling behind to a Nahki Wells strike inside 20 minutes, two efforts from Kemar Roofe, the latter of which was a penalty, either side of half-time ensured the Whites extended their winning run in the second tier to four matches.
However, Bielsa was clearly concerned by the threat that QPR posed throughout, and admitted post-match that Leeds had struggled to come to terms with the sheer height of the opposition.
“We had too many tall players in front of our box, so we had to solve this problem and as we were only winning by one goal the result was at stake,” the former Argentina national coach is quoted as saying by Leeds Live.
“In the moment where playing was building the game was the goal, was the axis of the challenge, we played well.”
Bielsa also admitted that Leeds were forced to deviate from their usual fluent, attacking approach in order to deal with the Rs, who looked likely to find an equaliser in the closing stages of the clash.
“At the end of the game, Queens Park Rangers dominated the game, but through different paths,” he continued.
“At the end of the first half we should have dominated and at the end of the second half we only had the option to adapt to the kind of play the opponent proposed.”
Seen by many as a football purist, Leeds fans may in fact be pleased to see Bielsa willing to adapt in order to get an ‘ugly’ win, rather than sticking so rigidly to those principles.
The victory keeps the Yorkshire giants in second place, only a point behind leaders Norwich City, who themselves had to rely on an injury-time strike to beat 10-man Bolton Wanderers at Carrow Road.
While there is still over half of the season to play, the signs are looking good that Leeds may at last have a team to mount a serious assault on the automatic promotion spots.