By Mark Smith

17th Oct, 2022 | 8:10am

Phil Hay: Jesse Marsch's heart sank after what he saw in Leeds United defeat v Arsenal

Phil Hay has shared that Jesse Marsch was left with his hands on his knees and his heart sinking after Leeds United spurned chance after chance in the defeat against Arsenal.

The Athletic journalist shared that replays showed the American particularly downbeat after Patrick Bamford fired his penalty wide of the post at Elland Road.

It was a familiar picture for the Whites this season, dominating for large chunks of the game before numerous missed chances led to that inevitable defeat.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared what he noticed as replays flew around the press box at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

“But still the self-inflicted damage mounted, as William Saliba conceded a penalty and Bamford drove it wide — one of those misses which occurs in slow motion,” he wrote.

“Subsequent replays showed Marsch with his hands on his knees, his head and his heart sinking. This defeat to Arsenal was hardly on him.”


Sometimes it is easier to accept a loss when you have been outclassed.

But, when you dominate the number one team in the Premier League all season and get nothing, it is simply impossible to accept, especially after the number of chances.

Patrick Bamford terrorised Arsenal after coming on and did everything but score, and on the day, he could easily have left Elland Road with the match ball.

Marsch changed his side and tactics in the second half and his team responded, what more can he ask for from them on a personal note? They are clearly working for him.

Leeds need to start winning games though, and that is the only way the American will lose that sinking feeling in the Premier League, with results simply not good enough.

With Leicester and Fulham up next, you would like to think that six points have to be the aim or we could really start believing that trouble is on the horizon again.

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