By Richard Gibson For Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:30 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 23:18 BST, 20 April 2019
There was resignation in Marcelo Bielsa's voice as he turned his thoughts to Monday's trip to Brentford, that the toil Leeds have endured throughout this most dramatic of Championship seasons will be in vain.
That in negotiating a position of strength across 42 matches, hopes of ending a 15-year exile from the Premier League went up in smoke over an inexplicable 90 minutes of the 43rd versus the 10 men of a beleaguered Wigan.
The defeat on Friday has removed Leeds' destiny from their own hands with three matches remaining.
Marcelo Bielsa was left fuming as Leeds suffered a shock defeat to Wigan Athletic at home
Supporters turned up in their 'In Bielsa we trust' T-shirts but those dreaming of a return to the top flight 48 hours ago are contemplating the nightmare of being pipped for the second automatic promotion place by Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United and heading into the lottery of the play-offs.
'There are games you just have to win and if you lose explanations are useless,' Bielsa said.
'I'm sad but full of motivation and ready to work again immediately. What we need is a breath between two games.