Slaven: mixed emotions after Leeds defeat

Slaven Bilić admitted he had mixed emotions after watching Albion slip to a narrow defeat at Elland Road despite dominating large parts of the game at Elland Road.

One goal proved enough for the home side as the Baggies’ nine-game unbeaten run at the start of the Sky Bet Championship campaign came to an end in Yorkshire.

The Baggies boss hailed the efforts of his players and encouraged them to hold their heads high after producing another impressive display.

“In the second half I didn’t see Leeds for a long time,” said Slaven.

“They were on the back foot basically the whole second half. Overall with our performance I am more happy with the second half.

“Our plan was to play like we did in the second half from the beginning but it is not easy to come here. They are a very aggressive team. They have the home crowd and they are a very physical team and they are good in transitions. They were much better in the first half in those transition phases and moments.

“They scored a goal. We were bit unlucky with the deflection but then in the second half I am very proud of the performance so they are mixed emotions of course. I am very gutted and disappointed that we lost because this was a good opportunity for us. 

“In the second half I have a feeling that at least deserved to equalise and then we would have seen what would have happened, it could have been an open game with 10 or 20 minutes to go. But we deserved it because we had the chances but just couldn’t finish.

“We were a bit unlucky. We had a few situations where I expected us to make better decisions. Sometimes not to pass but to shoot and a couple of our chances we didn’t take them well enough like they did.”

And Bilić is already looking forward to making amends against Cardiff on Saturday.

“We are very disappointed but as I said to the guys if we play like we played, especially in the second half, we are going to be in with chances to win lots of games. On Saturday it is another big one, but another great opportunity for us to bounce back."

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