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Bielsa praises Leeds United performance in ‘very important’ win over Wigan

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised his side’s performance after the Whites came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic, describing it as a ‘very important’ victory.

The 2-1 win at the DW Stadium moved Leeds back to the top of the Championship after 16 games after they dropped points against fellow promotion hunters Nottingham Forest last weekend.

The game got off to a sloppy start though for Leeds, who fell behind to a fine strike by Reece James after just six minutes, but they quickly hauled themselves level when Pablo Hernandez poked the ball home from close range just three minutes later.

The sides went in level at half-time, but the Yorkshire side pulled ahead within seconds of the restart when Kemar Roofe took advantage of a defensive mix up in the Latics defence to score his seventh goal of the season.

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The score would remain 2-1 to the visitors, leaving Argentine manager Bielsa to praise all of the aspects of his side’s performance.

“The fact that we scored immediately after conceding the goal, we neutralised the effect of conceding the first goal very soon,” Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds.

“If we have a look at the aspects of the game, possession, chances conceded to the opponents, chances we had to score a goal, we could play our football, we could impose our style.

“The win is very important as we drew at home (last week) so it was important to win the next game to follow the pace we want to follow.”

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