Leeds United 2 Sheffield United 1: Paul Heckingbottom's reaction as Blades lose again

Paul Heckingbottom returned to his old stomping ground this afternoon when his Sheffield United side lost 1-0 to Leeds United at Elland Road.

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Here’s how the game unfolded, and stay here for the manager’s reaction and all the reaction from Elland Road

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Boss bemoans Blades’ lack of quality against Leeds

Paul Heckingbottom bemoans Sheffield United's "lack of quality" in defeat at Leeds United

Paul Heckingbottom was left to bemoan Sheffield United’s lack of quality as they lost 2-1 to Leeds United in today’s Yorkshire derby at Elland Road.

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Sheffield United endured the familiar feeling of defeat this afternoon as they went down 2-1 to Leeds United at Elland Road.

Heckingbottom on United’s midfield options

Sander [Berge] is still a couple of weeks away from fitness. We’re fine in numbers at the top, but we are short at the back and have limited options in midfield. That’s where we are with it, but there’s no point moaning about it.

Paul Heckingbottom’s post-match verdict

“In terms of effort and fight that was there, but there were too many moments when we lacked quality,” the former Leeds boss said.

“We gave it away cheaply and they had their best moments on the counter. The quality wasn’t there with he set plays either and in terms of that we were our own worst enemy today.

“We started slowly and Leeds dropped on too many second balls, we won the ball higher as the half wore on but again, we didn’t open them up in the positions we were in. The first real moment of quality from us got us our goal, which was our reward for sticking at it.

“We were opened up when we didn’t fully commit to the press and there wasn’t much more Jags could do. We couldn’t put our foot on their throat because we’d give the ball away.”

But it’s very difficult in the Premier League to imagine a comfortable victory, at least for us.

Bielsa: We should have scored more

But we had a sufficient amount of chances to have scored more goals, and especially we had many dangerous situations that didn’t end in shots that would have increased the amount of options we had to score more goals.

Marcelo Bielsa’s post match reaction...

We won only by one goal, when the opponent sees there is only one goal difference they insist on arriving a lot at the opponents’ goal.

and despite the hope at 1-1 and a few half-decent moments, it’s another defeat in a season full of them for the Blades at the home of their Yorkshire rivals - who could, in all honesty, have had more goals had they been more clinical when their chances came. No blame at all attached to Jagielka for that own goal, for me at least - it was a superb cross he had to try and deal with. Stay tuned for reaction, player ratings and everything else from Elland Road.

Jagielka shows his experience

to get across and prevent Raphinha’s cross getting to Rodrigo in the middle, Alioski was in acres of space and screaming for the ball but Raphinha ignored him

Five minutes of stoppage time

for United to find a way back into this game

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