Marcelo Bielsa: Our motivation is higher

Emi Buendia celebrates his opening goal

Emi Buendia celebrates his opening goal

Saturday's defeat at Birmingham meant Leeds dropped to third in the table, a point behind Sheffield United.

Bamford then made it 2-0 to Leeds in the 76th minute after a cross from Mateusz Klich picked him out, and he headed into the back of the net.

Bamford had previously been criticised for a weak display against Millwall last month but Bielsa said: "He recovered very well from one hard game". To get to his usual performance level, he has to play.

"He contributed a lot and the goals arrived at a very important moment for him - for him and the team".

Pearson got a straight red for the foul on Bamford and will be suspended for three games in total - one for this sending-off and two more to reflect he had been dismissed twice before this season.

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Bamford struck with a left-foot finish 12 minutes later and wrapped up the win with a header 14 minutes from time.

Reflecting on the defeat which was North End's third on the spin since the worldwide break, Neil said: "We went toe-to-toe with Leeds and I couldn't have asked any more of the players in terms of effort and endeavour". They created one or two.

"We could have looked after the ball better at the top end, taken in the first ball to let us build from there, but other than that we played well".

"In the last part of the season, we want to solve this situation and our motivation is higher. We can not verify his level in training but he has done very high work and is in very good physical condition".

Sheffield United can reclaim second place with a win at Birmingham but asked if he meant to watch the match, Bielsa said: "I don't know". The minutes he had in the previous game were minutes without much space.

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