By George Overhill

13th Jan, 2023 | 10:30pm

Leeds United supporters react to Jesse Marsch approach after Aston Villa defeat

Jesse Marsch was given a rough reception by the Leeds United fans at the final whistle of the defeat to Aston Villa, Graham Smyth reports.

The Whites were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline in a game where they were the better side for most of the 90 minutes, but poor finishing, bad luck, and Emi Martinez somehow proved enough for a home win.

And with yet another poor result on his record the manager looks like he is beginning to lose the support of the travelling Leeds United faithful, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Smyth.

Posting on Twitter from Villa Park immediately after the final whistle he wrote: “Jesse Marsch braved the away end, reception was on the wrong side of mixed.”

Frustration

Leeds had done more than enough to win that game and Marsch will be wondering how they didn’t, having spent large portions of the game laying siege to the Villa net.

Jack Harrison, who started the game looking more like the attacker who began the season in such excellent form but faded badly after the half, had a certain goal prevented by a sprawling Martinez, before Rodrigo’s lovely finish when not even on his feet in the box was disallowed for a narrow offside in the build up.

With better finishing the Whites could have had five or six, while both of the Villa goals came straight after it looked like Marsch’s men were about to find the net.

Marc Roca inexplicably didn’t get a touch on a Harrison corner in the opening minutes when he appeared to be meeting it perfectly to take an early lead, but instead Unai Emery’s side broke down the other end and Pascal Struijk let Leon Bailey inside to score.

Tyler Adams was denied by an excellent Ashley Young challenge in the second half, before Emi Buendia was just onside to nod home a rebound soon after.

Even despite all that, the immense showing from Willy Gnonto dragged the Whites back into it when he waltzed into the area from the left and set up Patrick Bamford, returning off the bench, for his first of the season.

The narrowest of margins in key moments all went against United, which was partly their own fault and partly not, but the game plan appeared to be right overall.

Marsch will be judged by results, and they very clearly aren’t good enough at the moment, but this absolutely should have been three points and while the American must sort out his defence he can’t put the ball in the net himself.

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