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Bielsa disappointed after Leeds suffer shock FA Cup loss to Crawley

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Marcelo Bielsa was short of words after watching his Leeds side bow out of the FA Cup following a shock 3-0 loss to League Two side Crawley Town.

Marcelo Bielsa admitted a feeling of ‘sadness and disappointment’ after Leeds were humiliated by a 3-0 scoreline at the hands of Crawley Town.

The experienced manager is yet to win an FA Cup tie in three years and was once again left with a disappointing outcome.

Given their displays in the Premier League this season, Bielsa and Leeds were expected to see the game out but it took a different script.

Three second-half goals in the space of 20 minutes for Crawley Town saw them claim one of the biggest upsets of the FA Cup third round.

Leeds did have a penalty waved off with the scores still level. Marcelo Bielsa refused to dwell on that admitted his side were punished for failing to take advantage of their possession of the ball.

He said as per the Mirror: “We couldn’t unbalance them when we attacked. We had the ball for a long period of time but we couldn’t do much with it.”

“In the first half we played better than the opponent and the game was played how we wanted it to be played, even if we didn’t create much danger.”

“In the second half the game was played how the opponents wanted to play. They did create danger to deserve the goals that they scored.”

“The result generates a lot of sadness and disappointment for us. It’s not a question of surprise – we know the characteristics of their players and the opponents, just like every other opponent.”

Leeds and Bielsa will be hoping for a return to winning ways when they welcome Brighton to Elland Road for a Premier League clash on Saturday.