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Marsch praised Leeds players after avoiding relegation

Mon 23 May 2022 | 11:06

Leeds managed to avoid relegation in the second season in a row in the Premier League.

Leeds United

boss Jesse Marsh praised the performance of his players after his side's 2-1 win over

Brentford

and survival in the Premier League.

Leeds United did not have a good season and in the middle of the season, after the poor results of Marcelo Bielsa, they fired the Argentine coach and replaced him with Jesse Marsch. Marsh was trying to prevent Yorkshire side's relegation and ended his mission successfully yesterday by defeating Brentford in the final week of the league. While Leeds took the lead with a goal by Raphinha, Sergio Canos equalized, but in the 94th minute, Jack Harrison scored the winning goal to give Leeds their first win in west London since 1950. After the game, Marsh praised the performance of his players.

He said: "

It was a hot day - not easy for either team.

"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.

"We tried to update the players on the Burnley score but the focus on us was most 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."

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