By Saikat Mandal

24th Oct, 2022 | 9:10pm

Liam Cooper 'frustrated' after Leeds United suffer loss v Fulham

Liam Cooper has suggested that players are “frustrated” after Leeds United suffered a 3-2 defeat against Fulham on Sunday in the Premier League at Elland Road.

The Whites took the lead through Rodrigo, but Fulham equalised six minutes later through Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Second-half goals from Bobby Decordova-Reid and Willian sealed the game for the visitors. Cry Summerville pulled one back but for the last 10 minutes only chants were heard directed towards Marsch and the board.

“Frustrated, anger,” said Cooper, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We’re in the ascendency, score the first goal and concede an easy goal. For them, they haven’t had to do much and it’s put in an area and Mitrovic gets the flick at the front stick. We’ve actually been alright at defending set-plays and we’ve not the best today, and we’ve been punished for it and we are just disappointed and angry.

Commenting on increased pressure on Marsch, the defender added: “Of course. We know we are at a big club and you have to take it on the chin and when your backs are against the wall you have got to come out fighting. We’ve got to do that, we need every man inside there to come out and take some responsibility and put this right.”

Leaky defence

Marsch made as many as six changes from the side that lost 2-0 against Leicester City.

The Whites are winless since August and they’ve suffered six defeats in their last eight games in the Premier League. This is simply unacceptable.

Apart from that Aston Villa game, Leeds have failed to keep a clean sheet. Marsch is not doing enough to arrest this decline, to find a way to bolster the defence.

This is in contrast to Everton, a club that also narrowly survived relegation last season. The Toffees have looked solid at home, and they are difficult to score against, especially at Goodison Park.

Leeds, on the other hand, are wide open. These players keep on making individual errors at the back. There is no positional awareness as they keep on struggling against set-pieces.

Every time there is a cross in the box, the Whites’ defence starts to panic. At the moment, Leeds are not paying any attention to stopping that.

They have to cut those mistakes if they’re to climb up the ladder quickly.

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