Noel Whelan reacts to Leeds United defeat to Birmingham City

Leeds United badge on corner flag during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and  Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road on April 17, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United have lost to Birmingham City at Elland Road in the Championship.

General views of the stadium ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United v Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 3, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United have suffered their first defeat in the Championship this season, as they went down 2-1 to Birmingham City at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

The West Yorkshire outfit headed into the match against Birmingham in great form and on the back of a 3-0 win against Preston North End at Elland Road in the league.

Bielsa’s side were expected to pick up all three points against Birmingham, but it was Garry Monk’s side that won the match.

 

Che Adams scored both the goals for Birmingham in the opening 30 minutes, while Ezgjan Alioski found the target for the home team on 85 minutes.

Noel Whelan was following the match for BBC Radio Leeds, and the former Leeds striker gave his take on the final result at full time.

Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds at full-time (4:57pm, September 22, 2018): “We didn’t really create enough in that first 45. Stubborn Birmingham side which we knew they were going to be coming here, but when you give away soft goals like that, you know they will always going to be defending, defending, defending.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 15, 2018 in London, England.

Over the course of the 90 minutes at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon, hosts Leeds had 71% of the possession, took 18 shots of which five were on target, and earned seven corners, according to BBC Sport.

Visitors Birmingham had just 29% of the possession, took four shots of which three were on target, and earned four corners, according to BBC Sport.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk shouts instructions to his team from the technical area during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on...

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