Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has rebuffed suggestions that the Whites struggled against Stoke City due to a lack of experience on the bench with which to change things, after they lost 2-1 at the bet365 Stadium.

The Whites enjoyed more than their fair share of possession, but struggled to hurt Stoke and found themselves 1-0 down in the 49th minute when Sam Clucas struck.

Matters got worse for Leeds when Pontus Jansson was sent off following a second bookable offence, while Joe Allen then killed off the visitors by scoring with just two minutes left.

Leeds did pull a goal back, with Ezgjan Alioski scoring in the 95th minute, just before the full time whistle went.

Bielsa had a bench packed full of youngsters and brought on Jordan Stevens and Tyler Roberts in an effort to change the game.

But the Argentine does not feel Leeds lost because of a lack of options on the bench.

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"We make the analysis to explain why we didn’t win", he said at a press conference when asked about bench inexperience.

"We had all the resources to win the game.

"The capacity to break the balance were so evident.

"At one moment we had six offensive players and there were not offensive players without the ball. All of them had options to break the balance.

"I think we should focus more on that than other aspects", he added.

Leeds have now lost three of their last four league games, but remain top of the Championship table.