Henry Winter shares what Leeds United fans said to flop players at Leicester defeat full time
Jesse Marsch may have forgotten to acknowledge the Leeds United fans at Leicester but answers were demanded of the players at full time, Henry Winter reports.
A miserable 2-0 defeat at the King Power on Thursday night (20 October), against a Foxes side that were bottom of the Premier League, has thrown the Whites’ season into severe doubt.
The travelling support were understandably unimpressed by what they saw and while the manager headed straight down the tunnel after the final whistle, the beleaguered players went over to face the music.
In his match report for The Times Winter wrote: “The mood among the 3,000 travelling supporters then turned mutinous when Marsch failed to go over and acknowledge them after the final whistle.”
When the team did what the manager didn’t he added: “Leeds fans demanded answers to an abject performance pockmarked by individual mistakes. “What the hell was that?” they asked of the players when they walked over to them.”
And as the clouds close in on United he rounded off with: “By the end the mood was toxic among Leeds supporters.”
The significance of this game is far greater than simply a limp defeat against a side which Leeds United should have been capable of dealing with.
It throws a new, and distinctly negative, light over the preceding matches and the direction of travel for Marsch and the squad.
While the game against Arsenal had shown so many positive signs against the team leading the league, it was only worth anything if the same sort of performance was generated against the one at the bottom.
That both have ended in defeat and still leave the Whites without a win since the Chelsea game on 21 August is very concerning, and the haunting spectre of another relegation battle is growing by the week.
There are really no excuses to play so poorly against Brendan Rodgers’ side, who were shorn of their own talisman in James Maddison, and have been so beaten down of late that the manager’s future has been under heavy scrutiny.
But having come up with a showing like that you have to take your medicine, and Marsch may be being genuine when claimed it was an honest mistake to avoid going to the fans, but he is not going to be able avoid growing criticism from now on.
The players deserve more than enough of their own scrutiny though, as the manager’s decisions personnel decisions were odd, but they are all top level professionals and they aren’t acting like it on the pitch.
The fans are right to demand answers, because after flying high for a few weeks in August there has been a downward trend ever since, and nobody wants to go through a repeat of last season.
In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson has told the manager to stop causing the same problem with his constant complaining.