By Mark Smith

9th May, 2022 | 8:00am

Phil Hay: Luke Ayling apology in Leeds United dressing room was enough for Jesse Marsch v Arsenal

Phil Hay has shared that Luke Ayling dished out an apology for his red card in the Leeds United dressing room after the 2-1 defeat against Arsenal.

The Athletic journalist reported that was enough for Jesse Marsch, who now has to prepare for the season without yet another of his key men.

With Chelsea quickly approaching on Wednesday evening, Leeds need somewhat of a miracle to get something.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared what happened once the full-time whistle had gone at the Emirates.

“The red card went to Luke Ayling, captain against his boyhood club on his 500th professional appearance, midway through the first half but an apology from the defender to the dressing room was enough for his head coach,” he wrote.

Not good enough.

Those travelling fans have been out of this world every single week, and this is not what they deserve from the squad.

Ayling simply lost his mind but it was a catastrophic error in a season where injuries and absences have been bad enough.

Now, we will be without him as well as Stuart Dallas, leaving us with no senior option in that position for the final three games.

All we can do now though is move forward, and Marsch is trying his best to keep the spirit high within the squad ahead of a huge fortnight.

Burnley certainly don’t have an easy run-in either, and these next two home games compared to their two away games could decide our fates.

Ayling will need to keep spirit high from nothing more of a coaching role at Thorp Arch now, with the hope that Liam Cooper will be back to lead the troops.

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