‘Millwall comeback a turning point for Leeds’

“They have to go up this year […] it is unsustainable to maintain as it is if they don’t”

Last Updated: 29/01/20 2:39pm

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Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson explains why Tuesday night’s win against Millwall could be the defining moment of Marcelo Bielsa’s season
Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson explains why Tuesday night’s win against Millwall could be the defining moment of Marcelo Bielsa’s season

Leeds’ comeback victory against Millwall was a “season turning point” for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, says the club’s former goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Leeds, winless in three before facing Millwall, found themselves 2-0 down inside 23 minutes after Shaun Hutchinson’s headed goal and Jed Wallace’s penalty.

A Pablo Hernandez goal either side of a Patrick Bamford double secured all three points for Leeds which saw them replace West Brom at the top of the Championship after their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Millwall
Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Millwall

“That is a season turning point,” Robinson told Sky Sports News.

“Leeds were not on a good run of form. They have not been playing particularly well, results have not been great but you are going to go through times like that in a season.

“You’re going to go through good spells and bad spells. It is how long these bad spells last and they were playing against a very, very difficult Millwall side under Gary Rowett. They are a completely different proposition, they have been winning games, picking up points. They were the in-form team in the Championship.”

‘Importance of win cannot be underestimated’

Robinson says the magnitude of Tuesday’s win cannot be underestimated especially after Bielsa’s side surrendered an automatic promotion place in the Championship and were knocked out of the play-offs at the semi-final stage.

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Speaking on The Debate, former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips said Leeds’ comeback win against Millwall could be a season-defining win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side
Speaking on The Debate, former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips said Leeds’ comeback win against Millwall could be a season-defining win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side

“Last year there was talk that Bielsa asks too much from his players. The way he asks them to play, the way he asks them to train,” Robinson added.

“They did fade away but in my opinion it was not because of that. They were still overpowering teams but were just not putting away their chances. This year has been the exactly the same.

“The way that they started the game you questioned why they were sloppy in possession and they conceded early goals but it was a huge turn around especially with West Brom’s dip of form.

“That was a huge result for Leeds last night and it cannot be underestimated.”

‘Leeds have to go up’

“There has been a bit of unrest and nervousness around Elland Road because Leeds have to go up this season. This is the season that club is geared to go up,” he continued.

“The expectations at that club are phenomenal. The away support that Leeds take to games is immense and with that comes expectation. The price of getting out the championship is huge.

“They have to go up this year because the way the players’ salaries are structured, the manager’s salaries are structured it is unsustainable to maintain that as it is if they don’t go up this year.”

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Source : Sky Sports