“I think the players have done a great job”- Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch hints that his team can escape the relegation battle


“I think the players have done a great job”- Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch hints that his team can escape the relegation battle

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch
Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch

A stoppage time winner gave Leeds United their seventh win of the season and raised the hopes of staying up for another season in the English Premier League. Manager Jesse Marsch said that they his team is all pumped up for the fight of relegation.

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The former RB Leipzig manager said in his post match interview, “We’re up for the fight. We’re believing in ourselves that we’re gonna change the wind in our sails, we’re gonna control our situation and thrive right now”. Three weeks ago, veteran manager Marcelo Bielsa was sacked by the Leeds board after a series of humiliating defeats.

Bielsa was replaced by the former United States midfielder Jesse Marsch. In an interview with Sky Sports, Marsch said, ”I’m very clear about what I would like every day to look like and how that impacts what we want our team to look like”. Praising his predecessor, Marsch said,” I have learned a lot about what Marcelo has done here and the mentality shift that I think he helped to create”

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Leeds United beat Wolves in a must-win game:

Leeds United
Leeds United

The match against Wolverhamptom Wanderers was an important one for Leeds United as they had to put in all their hardwork to earn the three decisive points. Leeds struggled early on in the first half, after star man Patrick Bamford limped his way off the pitch in the 23rd minute of the game and was replaced by 20 year old Sam Greenwood.

Soon afterwards, Wolves suffered their first casualty when midfielder Ruben Neves had to be substituted by manager Bruno Lage, because of a knee injury. Youngster Francisco Trincao came on for him, who had an instant impact after he assisted the first goal of the match, where he setup Jonny Otto for a low right-footed drive into the bottom left corner of Leeds goal.

Again, in the 11th minute of the first half injury time, thanks to the quick thinking of Joao Moutinho, his pass was received by Daniel Podence who cut inside and passed the ball to Trincao, who shot through the crowd of Leeds and Wolves players and into the far bottom corner.

The first half ended, with Leeds already had to use two of their three substitutes due to injuries to Patrick Bamford and defender Diego Llorente. In the 53rd minute, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was sent off ,after receiving two yellow cards, for the second time this season after his collision with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who rushed out of his penalty box to clear a though ball meant for Jimenez.

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Leeds scored the first goal of the match, thanks to a volleyed tap-in by Jack Harisson, after  Conor Coady’s goal line clearance fell perfectly for him. Minutes later Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno equalised for Leeds United, as his shot got in off centre back Roman Saiss. In stoppage time, Harrison curled a deep cross towards full back Luke Ayling, who headed it back into the six yard box.

None of the Wolves’s defenders were able to clear the headed shot as the ball bounced in front of Ayling. Ayling struck a right footed volley through the legs of Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa’s legs and into the back of the net. The rustling sound of the net meant another three points for Jesse Marsch and his men, making it two wins out of two games for them.

The first half ended, with Leeds already had to use two of their three substitutes due to injuries to Patrick Bamford and defender Diego Llorente. In the 53rd minute, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was sent off ,after receiving two yellow cards, for the second time this season after his collision with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Leeds scored the first goal of the match, thanks to a volleyed tap-in by Jack Harisson, after  Conor Coady’s goal line clearance fell perfectly for him. Minutes later Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno equalised for Leeds United, as his shot got in off centre back Roman Saiss.

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In stoppage time, Harrison curled a deep cross towards full back Luke Ayling, who headed it back into the six yard box. None of the Wolves’s defenders were able to clear the headed shot as the ball bounced in front of Ayling. Ayling struck a right footed volley through the legs of Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa’s legs and into the back of the net. The rustling sound of the net meant another three points for Jesse Marsch and his men, making it two wins out of two games for them.

This win lifted Leeds up to 16th position in the table, with 29 points won and eight games left in the season. They are now seven points clear of 18th placed Watford and are heading in the right direction in the Premier League.  

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