Leeds United were beaten 1-0 away at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds Live that the defeat to Queens Park Rangers was last night was ‘hard’ for Izzy Brown to play well in.
The Whites travelled down to Loftus Road on Tuesday night to take on a QPR side who had lost seven in a row, and a Leeds win would have taken them top of the table.
However, Leeds wasted their game in hand as they fell to a 1-0 defeat in West London, with Luke Freeman’s second half strike proving to be the winner.
Leeds couldn’t get themselves back into the game, and there are as a real feeling of a missed opportunity as the final whistle blew.
Friday’s game against West Bromwich Albion now becomes even more important, and it remains to be seen what kind of role Brown will have after his cameo at QPR.
Brown came on as an 81st minute substitute for Ezgjan Alioski, but couldn’t really stamp his authority on the game agand picked up a booking.
After the final whistle, boss Bielsa was asked why he waited so long to bring Brown on, and he suggested that it was the type of game that would be hard for Brown to make an impact – and he was proven right.
Bielsa felt that the game simply wasn’t for Brown, noting that he had few opportunities to change the game, though it wasn’t necessarily the Chelsea loanee’s fault.
“In this kind of game it was hard for Izzy Brown to play well with short spaces he couldn’t combine and use the association play,” said Bielsa. “The minutes he played showed this kind of game was not for his features. Of course I’m not saying he’s responsible for it and I am surprised you are asking me this question because Tyler Roberts and Pablo Hernandez were leading the team after the first minutes of the second half. The decision to put Izzy Brown in was an extreme decision to try to change the result.”
“I don’t think I should have put him in before. I did the change to try to make something different, but he had few possibilities to change the development of the game. If you look at the game, the player who took us closer to the goal was Tyler Roberts and he has totally different features to Izzy Brown.” he added.