Jesse Marsch says Leeds ‘never stopped, believing’ as they secured Premier, League survival with final day, win against Brentford..!
Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch, praised his squad’s belief after they avoided,, relegation from the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Brentford.
The Yorkshire club took the lead, at the Brentford Community Stadium when, Raphinha lashed in a penalty after he had been fouled by David Raya, but, though Sergi Canos levelled with, a cushioned header, Jack Harrison’s 94th-minute drive sealed their, first win in west London since 1950.
We got the lead, which was important, and I thought the start was really good. When, we were up two men we still didn’t want to leave, it up to fate, we tried to push the winner to secure our fate. This group, has been able to dig deep in injury time and, find goals and the character is clear and it’s a privilege to work with, these guys.
“We talked about how to play, in the heat, how to manage the game, how to, stay focussed for every moment. It was weird that we gave up a goal, when we went up a man.
Leeds celebrate survival after, last-minute Harrison winner
“We tried to update the players on,, the Burnley score but the focus on us was m,ost important. It’s hard to concentrate and be connected for, 90 minutes on days like this but this is typical, of our group – they never stop believing and it’s a credit to, our mentality.
“It wasn’t easy to manage and, I was trying to think of ways to help the group tactically and to be fair, we have had good, performances, it’s just trying to put it all together that hasn’t always, looked perfect. The stress has been high for, three months, I’ve tried to stay calm and focus on us and you see, the quality of the mentality and character.”
Sunday’s match was only the former USA, international’s 12th since he replaced, Marcelo Bielsa – who endeared himself to the Elland Road faithful, during a four-year spell, of which the, pinnacle was reaching the Premier League after a 16-year, absence.
Naturally, comparisons and criticisms have, followed. Marsch, however, admits his, priority is the future success of the club and not being in t,he spotlight himself.
He added: “There’s so much been said, about Marcelo Bielsa vs me and there’s been people counting us out. I get it, this is high, level stuff, and fans pay attention all over the world.