After full time in Saturday's Championship match at Elland Road, Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson said he had wanted his players to take advantage of the "anxiety in the air" around Leeds United.
Since the start of the year, the Whites' previous dominance has wavered somewhat, with a number of negative results including the start-of-year loss to Nottingham Forest, the defeat to Norwich City and the last-ditch draw against Middlesbrough.
Leeds did not play last weekend due to Queens Park Rangers' continued participation in the FA Cup, which allowed the Canaries and Sheffield United to leapfrog them in the top two, and Parkinson said he sensed tension ahead of kickoff.
Marcelo Bielsa's side did pick up all three points in the end with a 2-1 win, with goals from Patrick Bamford and Ezgjan Alioski either side of Mark Beevers' equaliser ensuring a second successive win after the victory over Swansea City last time out.
“With them not playing last weekend and Norwich and Sheffield United winning and (Leeds) dropping to third, I felt there was little bit of anxiety in the air,” Parkinson is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying. “That’s what I felt coming into the game.
“I said that to the lads. When you’ve been right at the top for a long time and you don’t play and other teams win, it does create that bit of tension. That’s at both ends of the division and it’s about holding your nerve.”
Leeds are due to fulfill their game in hand at QPR next week and victory at Loftus Road would lift them above current leaders Norwich, who won 3-2 against Bristol City.
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