Jesse Marsch insists he still has Leeds board support despite poor form

Underfire boss Jesse Marsch insists he retains the support of Leeds board despite his poor form.

United sit outside of the Premier League drop zone on goal difference only after Robin Koch’s own goal and Harvey Barnes’ strike condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

Luis Sinisterra hit the bar for Leeds but the visitors fell off dramatically in the second half as the Foxes climbed off the bottom of the table.

The fans who had arrived vented their anger at the end of the seventh game without a win, some even chanting the name of former manager Marcelo Bielsa and forcing Marsch to defend himself.

He said: “The board, we are totally united. This is not a problem. One of the things I saw before coming was the way the board supported Marcelo for many years. I can only say that I felt the same support.

“Everyone ran away. We all feel like we’re letting ourselves down but we have to be ready to stop the bleeding and fight for each other on Sunday (vs Fulham).

“This is the first time I’ve heard that from fans. You have the right. I’m here, doing what I can to help.

“It’s nothing against the fans, maybe next time I should definitely go to them, I have to apologize to them. I know that the club supports me.

“There were parts of the first half that were pretty good but we lost the ball and almost the first time on the pitch they get a weird own goal.

“It was a big hole that we dug ourselves. It wasn’t that it was terrible, but we let ourselves down.”

Leeds were already looking for an opening before falling behind by shooting themselves in the foot after 16 minutes.

Marc Roca lost the ball to Dennis Praet and after a good advantage when Jamie Vardy was fouled, he tried to find Barnes in the box only Koch deflected his cross past Illan Meslier.

Leeds tried to hit back and Sinisterra hit the bar after a short break before Crysencio Summerville curled wide.

But Barnes – who has now scored six goals in his last six games against United – continued his scoring streak with 10 minutes remaining.

The hardworking Praet was involved again, winning the ball which rolled to Vardy and he flicked the ball to Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall on the edge of the box.

Barnes had been left criminally unmarked by Leeds and Dewsbury-Hall easily found him to beat the unmasked Meslier.

Leeds were unable to recover with Danny Ward blocking Liam Cooper’s second-half effort and Leicester are just a point behind Leeds after a second win in four games.

Boss Brendan Rodgers said: “I thought it was a very good effort. We should have won at the weekend, we didn’t make it, but it was a continuation of that.

“It was a very self-confident performance. It was a third goal at home, we always have to take small steps.

“Harvey is always a threat, his pace and directness are so important to us. He was someone I said a few years ago needed to score more goals. He was outstanding.

“If you were looking at us tonight, you wouldn’t have thought we were in this position. We have to play with the fight.” Jesse Marsch insists he still has Leeds board support despite poor form

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