Jesse Marsch laughs after battling Bruno Lage during Leeds’ win over Wolves


Leeds boss Jesse Marsch laughed at his verbal battle with opposite number Bruno Lage during his side’s first Premier League win of the season against Wolves.

Rayan Ait-Nouri’s second-half own goal secured Leeds a 2-1 win at Elland Road after Rodrigo leveled Daniel Podence’s opener for Wolves before the break.

The two managers first clashed after Wolves forward Hwang Hee-Chan went down in the first half and were engaged in another heated exchange after the final whistle.

Marsch played in the row but recalled a similar incident with Lage in his fourth game as manager of Leeds, which they won 3-2 at Molineux last season.

The Leeds boss said: “It’s normal in a way. I respect Bruno a lot, he’s doing a great job with his team so no problem.

“You can go back to the Wolves last year, oh yeah. In these moments there are emotions. I wanted to be respectful afterwards and it didn’t quite work that way.

“But I’m ok. I think he’s ok too.”

Lage said he took offense at something Marsch said on the touchline in the first half, but declined to divulge details.

“That’s my opinion and nothing against the coach,” said the Portuguese. “They won, absolutely great. But there was a point in the first half where I heard something I didn’t like.

“I said to him and after you come up at the end and say you want to apologize, I just said you can’t say those things.

“There are things that cannot be said. I just said that and after not listening.”

Wolves dominated for most of the second half after an even first period and were punished for missing several chances when Nouri converted Patrick Bamford’s superb low cross in the 74th minute.

Jonny has returned in fine form for Wolves this season. (Nick Potts/PA)

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Lage added: “(I’m) very happy with how my (teams) performed here, unhappy with the result and congratulations again to Leeds, to their players, to the manager and to the fans for winning the game. Many Thanks.”

Marsch made top-flight debuts with four summer signings – Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Tyler Adams and Marc Roca – and believes his side are making big strides towards the system he wants to play.

The American added: “I watched Fulham and Liverpool today. If you watch this game you will see that the teams are not in top form yet, so the games will be a bit more balanced.

“Finding a way to earn points in those early stages can help you in your season at the end of the year when you’re really fighting for positions.

“The fact that we’re more stable, that we’re clearer about what the tactics and game model should be, will help.

“It will be about making plays, defending well at the right moment and finding ways to capitalize. So, good start that we can get the three points.” Jesse Marsch laughs after battling Bruno Lage during Leeds’ win over Wolves

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