Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has revealed his shock over just how many opportunities his side had to score during their 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers on Friday.
The Whites secured just their second victory of both 2018 and the new manager’s reign at Elland Road, with Caleb Ekuban and Pablo Hernandez netting the vital goals, Adam Le Fondre halving the deficit to ensure it was a nervy end for the home fans.
However Leeds could and perhaps should have been ahead by more, Ben Alnwick pulling off some impressive saves between the sticks as the home side peppered him with shots throughout.
Now Heckingbottom has had his say over what he deems a heaven and hell performance from his men, crediting the defensive efforts but also criticising the quality of finishing on display.
He told Leeds Live: “Ultimately it was us who made the game difficult for ourselves by not really capitalising when we were on top, taking us chances and conceding when we were in a comfortable state of the game.
“I’d forgotten a few of them (goal scoring chances).
“There was definitely a lot of chances we should have put away, but we’ve won and I’ve been critical of the team before when we’ve conceded sloppy goals and late goals.
“I’ve got to be complimentary in how we defended because Bailey (Peacock-Farrell, goalkeeper) only had two things to do.”
Football Insider verdict
Leeds might have picked up victory but it was not easy watching for the home fans, who would have been biting their nails every time they missed one of their numerous chances to extend their lead. It is obviously somewhere that the Whites need to focus on but at the same time, it is promising that they were creating so many chances to threaten with. At the other end of the pitch, it was all pretty comfortable, but it will not be that way against sides with more quality to their attack. There is much to improve upon but the three points is really all that matters right now, and it should be a major boost to the club’s confidence after their abysmal run of form of late.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.