Marcelo Bielsa praises rowdy Leeds fans for their role in helping the team come back from behind to draw Everton at Elland Road… with Kalvin Phillips saying the game showed how much the fans have been missed
- Goals from Mateusz Klich and Raphinha helped Leeds come back from behind to draw
- Marcelo Bielsa said Elland Road supporters “helped us keep fighting”
- Kalvin Phillips also praised the impact of fans following their long-awaited comeback
- Everton boss Rafael Benitez believes his team should have won the game
Manager Marcelo Bielsa praised the boisterous and proud Leeds fans before suggesting that the lenient refereeing this season could benefit his attacking side.
Leeds came back twice from behind to draw Everton, with goals from Mateusz Klich and Raphinha.
Bielsa, who is used to boisterous fan bases after a while with huge clubs in Argentina, Spain and France, was quick to point to the atmosphere as a determining factor for a hard-fought point.
Leeds supporters were in full voice when they finally returned to Elland Road in large numbers
Marcelo Bielsa hailed their impact as the team were forced to come back twice from behind
“The match was a big test for the team and it was multiplied because we were twice behind,” he said.
“Being able to draw and dominate for so many moments are very valuable aspects. The contribution of the fans always makes the game better. They helped us fight today.
“We didn’t start well in the second half and we were punished by falling behind again. We risked conceding more goals. But the fans helped us keep fighting.
Euro 2020 star and Leeds academy graduate Kalvin Phillips also paid tribute to supporters
Kalvin Phillips, the England star nicknamed the Yorkshire Pirlo, agreed. “The fans showed us how much they missed us and we really missed them. Having a full crowd is like an extra man.
Bielsa added: “The referees seem more forgiving this season. We’re fast and if there are fewer stops it could be good.
Rafael Benitez thought Everton should have won. “We should have put the game at 2-1. We were so close to victory, but I’m happy with the result, ”he said.