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Marcelo Bielsa described his team’s need for points in every match as an “extreme necessity”, while Kalvin Phillips shut down the dissatisfaction between him and the Leeds United boss.
Leeds produced a high intensity display that in large parts of the competition seemed to go unrewarded. The spectators on Elland Road were loud from the first minute to the last and helped lift the mood of Bielsa’s men in the effort.
Christian Benteke rejected a brilliant opportunity to bring Palace in front shortly after in the second half, shortly after Rodrigo had done the same at the other end.
The match remained goalless as he went into overtime until Marc Guehi’s inexplicable handball gave Raphinha the chance to snatch three points in the final moments.
The talismanic Brazilian kept on the nerves and earned a critical victory that lifted the whites up to 15th place in the table.
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After the match, Bielsa said: “The victory was very necessary. We really hoped we could win this match, because the results we had got were not good enough.
“The start of the second half was very good. The first half was generally balanced to our advantage, and the second half we also started well. There was a segment where they created danger, but we finished the game well.
“Getting a penalty kick at the last minute of such an important match is not easy. You have to have character and personality to be able to score it.
“In every game we play, all the points are important considering the start of the season we have had, which has not been good. In every game, it will be an extreme necessity for us to get points.”
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About Patrick Bamford, who was again sorely missed throughout the competition, Bielsa concluded: “He played 90 minutes yesterday.
“Maybe not for this weekend, but definitely for the next one.”
Bamford have been absent since suffering an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle in September.
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Phillips emphatically shuts down Bielsa’s mumble
Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips also spoke to the press, saying: “Massive relief, I think we deserved the victory, created some good chances in the first half. We were a little lucky in the final minutes with handball. Very happy.
“There is always concern when you create chances and do not score. We started fighting this season so we are happy to get the three points.
“Rapha is a very good player and oozes class, so I did not expect anything else.
“It’s a massive win for us, we’re very happy and have to try to play a series of matches now – we have a tough game before Christmas.”
After his comments over the weekend, when he noticed, he had no idea why Bielsa deployed him as a center-back, attracted attention, Phillips was quick to shut down any dissatisfaction with his manager.
“I want to play any position the manager asks me – if he wants me to play centerback, I want to play centerback, if he wants me to play goalkeeper, I want to play goalkeeper,” Phillips added. “I respect him so much that I will never fall out with him.
“I saw a lot of things on social media and TV that me and the crib had fallen out, that has never been the case and I wanted to put it to bed.”
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