Despite losing 2-0 to at Eland Road, the Yorkshire club remain three points clear at the top of the Championship after Saturday’s results.

After the game Bielsa said he wants to see a reaction from his squad when they face Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

“Our expectation is to have a positive result next Tuesday,” Bielsa said.

When asked about making changes to his side, the 63-year-old conceded Leeds’ game against Forrest is going to be tough given the congested winter fixture list.


“Until now I think the team gave a positive response,” Bielsa said.

“We run enough and we imposed, we dominated the game. When you don’t dominate the game you make less effort.

“Until now, the tolerance from the players regarding the necessities of the game was good.

“Anyway, the fourth game we play is going to be the most demanding one because we already played several games of 90 minutes.”

Bielsa revealed Jack Clarke could been given more game as he shares playing time with Jack Harrison.

“In the first half, Harrison did good things,” Bielsa said.

“It’s a good thing they share the game between him and Clarke. The performance of Harrison is the performance of a starter and the one of Jack Clarke also.

“You could also understand your question as maybe Clarke should play more than 45 minutes. Both players are giving good things to the team.

“Sometimes I look at features and the weaknesses of the opponent and I take decision on Clarke and Harrison’s skills, but it doesn’t mean I always take the right decision.”

Leeds finished the game with 73 percent possession and had 22 shots to Hull’s nine.

Bielsa thought Leeds’ showing was not below par and was pleased with the attacking opportunities his side created.

“The performance of our team and the kind of game we played were not particularly different from the other games we played,” Bielsa said.

“Normally, we have three times more chances to score than the opponent.

“We dominate the game usually. The game of today was not different in that sense from the other games.

“Maybe we should have used more mid-distance shots today. Our play on the sides was similar to what we usually do in attack.

“Our play in the middle, from the centre, put us in good conditions to shoot from outside the box.

“In that sense we did not create as much danger as we could have created from the situations we had.”

Hull’s ninth win of the season takes them up to 14th in the table and Tigers boss Nigel Adkins admitted it’s a “tough place to come to”.

“We played them earlier in the season and I said then that they’re a fantastic side,” Adkins said.

“We knew we were going to have to defend well and I’m pleased we managed to keep the crowd quiet in the first half because I’ve been here when it’s bouncing. We saw off that threat.”


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