By Azeem Siddiqui

17th May, 2022 | 7:40am

‘They need a result’ - Jesse Marsch stays optimistic about Leeds United survival

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch believes his side’s hard-earned point against Brighton & Hove Albion gives them an edge over Burnley in an intense relegation battle.

With a 1-1 draw on Sunday, the Whites are now placed in 17th in the league table with 35 points, a point ahead of 18th placed Clarets who still have a game in hand.

Marsch was quoted in a report by Yorkshire Evening Post where he revealed that even though Burnley have played a game less, they are now under pressure to get a result.

“We’re alive now regardless for the last day,” said the 48-year-old. “We have to fight for every point and any point gets us a little bit closer and shifts a little bit of the momentum.

“We know Burnley has a match in hand. We need some help and we need to be ready next weekend to do whatever it takes. They have a match in hand but, if you look at the table, they need to get a result.

“We’ll all watch that match but the message will be we have to recover mentally and physically and we’ll put together a match plan that we think can go down to Brentford and have success.

“We have to do everything we can and invest everything we can in every way to make sure we’re ready for that.”

Big point

That vital point on Sunday at Elland Road might prove to be the turning point in Leeds United’s fortune this season.

The Whites’ fate seemed all but sealed as they were trailing by a goal against Brighton in what was their last home game of the season.

However, Pascal Struijk became an unlikely hero as he scored a 92nd-minute equaliser to earn Leeds a crucial point which was enough to take them out of the bottom three, at least for now.

The side will now turn their attention towards their last game which will be against an in-form Brentford side who will be flying high after securing an impressive win against Everton at the Goodison Park.

Marsch will be hoping that his players will be able to keep the momentum going in the final game of the season where a point might be enough for them to keep their place in the top flight of English football.

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