Steven Gerrard not interested in Jesse Marsch comments after Leeds United v Aston Villa
Steven Gerrard is “not really interested” by Jesse Marsch’s comments after Leeds United were held to a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at Elland Road.
Marsch was less than impressed with Gerrard’s side slowing the game down at every opportunity and suggested more should be done to prevent time wasting.
However, the Villa boss felt that referee Stuart Attwell had a good game and reiterated that his priority is Aston Villa and not Marsch.
“I’m not really interested in what Jesse thinks. My priority is Aston Villa,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, 3 October.
“I thought he had a good game. Is there any [decision] he got wrong? I think that’s a good game. If a referee doesn’t get anything wrong, that’s a good game, so well done to Stu [Attwell].”
Not a popular figure
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It’s safe to say that Attwell is not the most popular figure in Yorkshire after his display at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.
Luis Sinisterra’s sending-off certainly displeased the majority of the home crowd, despite the Columbian making a stupid decision. The stop-start nature of the fixture hindered the Whites and resulted in the match turning into a feisty affair.
Ultimately, Leeds will be delighted with a point after going down to ten men to keep their solid start to the season going. Marsch does need to find a way to react to teams taking the pace out of the game, with Leeds’ gameplan very much based upon high pressing and high-energy football.
When the game is slowed down, it can sometimes be hard for Leeds to maintain their tempo and that was evident against Villa on Sunday afternoon. Instead of looking to the officials for help, Marsch has to find a way of combatting difficult scenarios.
Teams’ timewasting and slowing the game down is an issue that has never been resolved by officials and is certainly not one that will be solved anytime soon.
In other Leeds United news, European newspapers are raving over the “animalistic’” performance of one Whites star on international duty.