By George Overhill

6th Mar, 2022 | 6:40pm

Match of the Day panel disagree with Jesse Marsch comments after Leeds United loss

The Match of the Day panel were united in their disagreement with Jesse Marsch’s comments following his first match as Leeds United manager.

The Whites produced an improved performance under the American but ultimately lost 1-0 to Leicester at the King Power Stadium, leaving them without a win in seven and still only two points above the bottom three.

After the match the new manager told the BBC: “For me, even going into the match I felt like the performance was going to be more important than the points.

“It’s our first match together, we’ve had four days on the pitch together, I’m really pleased with the clarity they showed”.

Reacting to the comments on Match of the Day last night (Saturday 5 March), host Gary Lineker asked with a knowing smile on his face: “Do you agree with performance more important than points?”

Ian Wright answered: “I’ve never heard that before…”

And Micah Richards added: “I understand what he was trying to say, but he’s got a bit carried away there. You’d take the points.”

Former Arsenal hero Wright said: “Leeds fans would have taken a poor performance and three points today, definitely.”

Ex-Manchester City defender Richards agreed: “Definitely.”

Fair sentiment

The Whites were unlucky to fall to another defeat, but the narrow margin of the result and the chances the visitors created showed a notable improvement on recent games under Marcelo Bielsa.

Although this will have been encouraging for fans the two BBC pundits are certainly right that they would have preferred the points.

It is very much touch and go whether they will be watching Premier League football against next season.

And although positive performances should be a benefit in the long run the club needs points any way they can get them between now and the end of the season.

Injuries, transfer frustration, and the removal of the iconic Bielsa have made this a season to forget.

Avoiding relegation, what ever style that can be done in, is all that matters now the managerial change has been made.

There have been positive first signs from Marsch, but he will need the performances to yield points sooner rather than later.

In other Leeds United news, Rio Ferdinand has shared whether he thinks the club will go down.