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Bielsa reckons Stoke game was a fixture Leeds ‘could have won.’

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa believes his side’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke City was a fixture they could have won.

The Championship leaders were shocked away to struggling Stoke City, as they lost their sixth league game of the season. Goals from Sam Clucas and Joe Allen were enough to give Nathan Jones his first win as Potters boss, as they look to recover from a poor run of form which has left them 15th in the table.

Bielsa, whose side also lost Pontus Jansson to a second-half red card, clearly believes his side was not ruthless enough in the opposition’s final third.

“Every time the team doesn’t win I’m worried,” Bielsa told Leeds official website.

“It was a game that we could have won, that was reachable.

“We had the ball, we arrived easily in the last part of the pitch but in spite of this we couldn’t arrive in the box enough.

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“If you have the ball and you can’t arrive to the last part of the pitch, you can’t have chances to score.

“We were calm and we weren’t afraid of the offensive aspects of the opponent but we didn’t have a solution.”

The veteran Argentinian coach has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in English football, guiding Leeds Untied to top spot and 54 points for 28 games.

The recent spygate saga, when he admitted to sending a staff member to watch Derby County’s training sessions ahead of their fixture last week, has though threatened to taint their season.

However, it appears Bielsa is more focused on avoiding any more costly results as he looks to plot Leeds’ return to the Premier League after a 15 year exile. Their lead at the top, has now been cut to just one point after Norwich City’s 3-1 win over Birmingham on Friday night.

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