Jesse Marsch admits he has a ‘big job’ on his hands to save Leeds from Premier League relegation after their sixth straight defeat at home to Aston Villa… as he feels his side are ‘chained by the pressure’ of playing at Elland Road
- Aston Villa handed Leeds their sixth straight Premier League defeat on Thursday
- Jesse Marsch’s side were beaten 3-0 by Villa in another disappointing outing
- Marsch admits he now has a tough task on his hands in avoiding relegation
- The new Leeds boss believes his team are feeling the pressure of Elland Road
Jesse Marsch admits he has a ‘big job’ on his hands to save Leeds United and says his team are ‘chained by the pressure’ of playing at Elland Road.
The 3-0 loss to Aston Villa makes it six on the spin – two since the American’s arrival – and they are just two points above the bottom three ahead of Sunday’s visit of Norwich.
Supporters booed at the end of both halves and some turned on the directors’ box in protest at the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa.
Jesse Marsch admits he has a ‘big job’ on his hands to save Leeds United from relegation
Leeds suffered their sixth straight Premier League defeat against Aston Villa on Thursday
Marsch, taking charge of his first home game, said: ‘It is a big job right now. A big job to help the group be confident, to help them to be clear and to transition, not just tactically but also with the overall mentality of what the team has been.
‘I knew it would not be an automatic flip of the switch, but you can see we have more work to do and not much time to get it done.’
Marsch, whose side were dreadful in the first half, added: ‘Well, I was a little bit surprised at how they felt the pressure. I underestimated the stress of the moment from the players’ perspective. It was clear from the beginning we lacked confidence and aggression.
Marsch feels his side are ‘chained by the pressure’ of playing at Elland Road right now
But he insisted the atmosphere inside their stadium on Thursday night was ‘fantastic’
‘We’ve talked a lot about staying calm and focused on how we want to play. In the first half, we played with fear and uncertainty and, when it felt very shambolic and hectic, we were never able to settle things down.
‘I heard a lot about Elland Road and the energy and it was fantastic. I think we have a group who wants to perform for the fans so hard they are almost in some ways chained by the pressure and aren’t able to be clear and play with more confidence.
‘We talked about second half not playing with fear and knowing our roles and we did that. We have to continue to stay strong and be calm and be clear in what we try to achieve on the pitch.’
Leeds also look set to be without Junior Firpo for a lengthy period after the defender suffered a knee injury in the second half.
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Villa, meanwhile, made it three wins on the bounce and climbed to ninth in the table.
Boss Steven Gerrard said: ‘I can’t ask for any more from the players. We thoroughly deserved the win. We did it with control and dominated the majority of the game.
‘That’s three wins on the spin with three clean sheets – so we’re obviously doing something right.’
Their third goal arrived 17 minutes from time when defender Calum Chambers swept into the top corner from 20 yards.
Gerrard added: ‘I think he’s been around Thierry Henry at Arsenal with finishes like that. That was the knockout blow we were looking for – it took a lot of air out of Leeds.’