Marsch and Leeds draw in dramatic West Ham duel
Leeds and West Ham played a thrilling match on Wednesday night, a common occurrence for Jesse Marsch and fans at Elland Road. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but Leeds is undeniably entertaining. The West Ham game was no different.
Marsch’s men took the lead early in the 28th minute of the game. Wilfried Gnonto scored his first ever Premier League goal. The 19-year-old phenom put in a fierce finish past Lukasz Fabianski and into the back of the net.
Leeds defense let Marsch down against West Ham
In typical Leeds fashion, the whites proved to be gracious hosts. West Ham scored the next two goals. The first from a penalty kick just before half-time and the second just a minute after the start of the second half. Lucas Paqueta equalized from the spot, while Gianluca Scamacca gave the Hammers the lead with a clinical long shot.
Nevertheless, Leeds fought back to tie the game later in the half. Rodrigo wrapped his foot around the ball and fired it into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. It was the Spaniard’s 10th Premier League goal of the current season.
Both teams had excellent chances late in the game to take all three points. Mikhail Antonio failed to reach a cross into the box for West Ham, while Fabianski made an incredible save in extra time to stop a Rodrigo header. The game eventually ended in 2-2.
Entering the game at Elland Road, Leeds had not won any of their previous three Premier League games. However, they usually find the back of the net. In fact, the Whites have now scored multiple goals in five of their last seven league games. While they have had no trouble scoring, Leeds also have the fourth most goals conceded in England’s top flight.
Marsch says management is “stressful.”
Marsch spoke about the stress associated with managing the team. “It’s incredibly stressful,” said Maarsch. “I try to enjoy the moments and try to be there for the team and what they need, but I hate the stress.”
“The fun is in the people, the players and the relationships we have, the people on the staff and the extended staff. Nothing better than being in the spotlight [technical area] for the [first] whistle – it’s right where you want to be. But it’s also terrible.”
Marsch was also booked late in the West Ham match for dissent. The American may be on thin ice with club copper ahead lack of resultbut he has made Leeds one of the more interesting sides in the league.
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