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BBC presenter says Marsch was shouting for Firpo to come on sooner
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BBC presenter says Marsch was shouting for Firpo to come on sooner

BBC Radio Leeds presenter Jonathan Buchan has told Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet that Jesse Marsch was shouting for Junior Firpo to get on sooner than Leeds United were able to bring the left-back on during their goalless draw with Aston Villa on Sunday.

What the Elland Road clash lacked in quality, it tried to make up for in drama. Leeds managed to fight their way to a goalless draw despite playing most of the second-half with 10 men.

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Luis Sinisterra was sent off shortly after the break. And Leeds had to battle to keep Steven Gerrard’s side at bay. In fact, the Whites had chances to win.

Marsch was shouting for Firpo to get on sooner

It was also notable that Marsch was missing from the touchline. The Leeds boss was serving a ban after being sent off against Brentford some time ago.

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Marsch ended up sitting near the broadcasters and press. And Buchan provided an insight into some of the things he heard from the head coach. It seems that he was not best pleased with the 10 minute gap between Sinisterra being sent off and Firpo coming on.

“I made sure that I had one headphone off so I could hear him,” he told Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet. “He was trying to get some messages on to Rasmus Kristensen at one stage. He was trying to get Firpo on quicker than he got Firpo on.

“So he was making sure that Firpo was going, he was shouting down: ‘get Firpo to go warm up’. So they wanted him on quicker because of the change, they went three centre-halves at the back.”

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You can understand Marsch’s frustrations. You will often see substitutes warming up at half-time. So most would have been ready when Sinisterra was sent off three minutes later.

Thankfully, Leeds were not punished. And actually, Firpo deserves a lot of credit for his performance. It must not be forgotten that the left-back was making his first appearance of the season.

The 26-year-old missed most of pre-season after picking up an injury in the opening game. And that came after a really difficult first campaign at Elland Road.

He is going to take some time to get up to speed. And he was not flawless against Villa by any means. But it was definitely something to build from as he looks to regain his spot from Pascal Struijk.

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