Report: Jesse Marsch unable to watch final moments of Leeds game
Jesse Marsch was unable to watch at least some of the final moments of Leeds United’s draw with Aston Villa on Sunday, with The Athletic reporting that he was seen in the gantry with his head down not looking at the Elland Road pitch.
The clash proved to be an incredibly nervy one. Leeds had to produce a superb defensive showing to earn a point after Luis Sinisterra was sent off during the early stages of the second-half.
The Whites had their moments where it appeared that they may snatch a famous victory. Mateusz Klich had an attempt blocked on the edge of the six-yard box late on.
Marsch unable to watch final moments of Leeds draw
But the smart money would have been on Villa to find the winner. Certainly, they created enough openings to test Illan Meslier more.
It was gripping viewing as the full-time whistle loomed. But one person inside Elland Road who may have less of an idea of what happened late on was Marsch.
Of course, the Leeds boss was forced to watch the game away from the touchline after being sent off against Brentford. And it seems that he felt largely powerless right before the end.
The Athletic reports that his head was lowered rather than looking at the pitch as Villa got the ball into the box one final time.
You can understand Marsch’s feelings. Leeds had thrown everything at the game. And it would have been a sickener had the visitors been able to snatch a last-gasp goal.
Marsch had done all he could. Five substitutions had been made. And Leeds had spent most of the second-half with five at the back. There was also still hope that Leeds could potentially replicate that Stuart Dallas goal at the Etihad Stadium by going on a counter and finding the back of the net themselves.
It may feel like an opportunity missed once the dust settles. Villa have not been impressive this season. But you would imagine that almost every Leeds fan, and Marsch, would have taken a point at the moment in which Stuart Attwell sent Sinisterra off.
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