Leeds United need 'determination' ahead of 'massive' Bournemouth clash - BT Sport pundit
Leeds United secured a huge 2-1 win over Liverpool last Saturday, but Tony Dorigo now wants to see Jesse Marsch’s side follow up the performance against Bournemouth.
With pressure mounting over Marsch and his players, Leeds managed to muster a vital three points against Liverpool to drag the Whites out of the relegation zone.
Now sitting 15th in the Premier League, Dorigo wants to see Leeds build on their momentum and not let the Liverpool victory be immediately cancelled out with a loss against Bournemouth.
Via his Yorkshire Evening Post column, BT Sport pundit Dorigo said: “I think the coaching staff probably had to peel a few off the ceiling, and rightly so. It was brilliant to see them bouncing around the place as they left the field.
“It was a heck of a result, but it cannot be a one-off and that will be swirling around in Jesse Marsch’s mind.
“Now there’s got to be a determination for the boys to avoid the kind of thing we’ve had previously following a game against a ‘big six’ club. We can’t go and play Chelsea off the park and lose against Brighton, we can’t produce an amazing 45 minutes against Arsenal and then lose two on the bounce.
“You won’t find a bigger game than Liverpool away, but Bournemouth at home is at the same level. It’s a massive game for us.”
To the frustration of fans, Leeds tend to play brilliantly against the ‘Big Six’ sides, and then follow it up with absolutely dismal showings against the likes of Leicester and Fulham.
It likely has to do with the opposition’s style of play – Leeds thrive when teams are willing to play openly and create space, while the frustration arrives when teams sit back and starve Leeds of creativity.
But if that is the case, it’s down to Marsch and his coaching staff to deliver a gameplan that allows Leeds to break down deep back line.
The issue for Marsch is – it’s unclear how Bournemouth will approach this weekend’s game. The Cherries have unexpectedly impressed this season since sacking Scott Parker – a fate that could meet Marsch with the Sunday Mirror reporting on 30 October (page 77) that the sack still looms for the American.
Gary O’Neil took charge of the side, and Bournemouth now sit above Leeds in 14th. They could arrive at Elland Road and look to go toe-to-toe with Leeds, or could sit back and look to hurt the Whites on the counter. That’s for Marsch to predict.
As for the players, they can’t get complacent after the Liverpool win. As Dorigo says, the Bournemouth clash has to be viewed “at the same level”. The application and team spirit has to be the same, otherwise it could end in agony again.
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