Jesse Marsch said he wanted to “create something special” at Leeds after Joe Gelhardt’s eventual winner over Norwich lifted the roof at Elland Road.
Elhardt’s stoppage-time strike in Sunday’s Premier League relegation battle came two minutes after he came off the bench and a minute after Kenny McLean’s equalizer appeared to have claimed a Norwich score.
McLean stunned the home fans in the first minute of injury time when he destroyed Rodrigo’s first-half opening goal, but Gelhardt’s belated hero broke Leeds’ six-game losing streak and sparked the pandemic scene.
It also moved Leeds by four points and gave Marsch his first win as the club’s head coach.
“Our identity, I think, was created here over many years, over many decades,” he said.
“We needed to take this idea of the football that I have and continue to ingrain it, that mentality about what Leeds United is and how it represents the community and the fans and create something special. separate.
“I promise you there’s still a lot of work to be done and I’ll never get ahead of myself until June and then I can take a breather.”
Leeds fell short of Marsch’s first home game – a 3-0 loss to Aston Villa on Thursday night – and the American insisted the team’s performance against Norwich had satisfied him equally. What three important points.
“The point is huge and we need a bonus to continue to build confidence in the transition we are making and in the process,” he said.
“But I believe that despite that, the performance warrants a positive feeling, even if it doesn’t end with three points.
“Obviously it’s a bigger moment for us because we found the three points but what I’m really going to focus on as a team is how closely linked to the whole team tactically, mentally, psychologically, in every way.”
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Marsch confirmed striker Patrick Bamford has returned to normal, who started for the first time since September, has been withdrawn at half-time as a precaution and is expected to be fit for Friday’s game against Wolves.
Rodrigo was substituted in the second half due to a cramped frame and the Spaniard will be judged.
Norwich remained firm and boss Dean Smith could not hide his disappointment at the team’s sixth consecutive defeat.
Smith also lamented the fact that his team won’t be back in action until April 2 after the international break.
“I’m not one to feel sorry for myself, that’s not the way I work,” he said.
“We can be really frustrated and we’ve had a tough three weeks without a game.
“Three or four days now to work on what we want to look like in April when we play our next game and then we could lose 14 players to international duty.
“So we will have a skeleton squad at the training ground in 10 days. It will be painful because we put so much into that game in the second half and didn’t go away with nothing. ”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/jesse-marsch-plans-to-create-something-special-with-leeds-41446077.html Jesse Marsch plans to ‘create something special’ with Leeds