Marsch was deeply disappointed by his captain of the day Luke Ayling, whose red card was the weak point of a dreadful first half, but he refused to criticize any of his players, arguing that “if we start to blame game, we’re screwed.”
Leeds were spectacularly appalling early in the game, conceding the first goal when Eddie Nketiah tackled Illan Meslier lingering in possession yards in his net, and the second when Eddie Nketiah went unmarked after Gabriel Martinelli went too easily to the left.
Ayling made the situation worse with an appalling two-footed tackle that left Leeds playing for an hour with 10 men and should see his season end in suspension.
But Marsch was definitely looking for positives, and he hampered them in the way his side crumbled and fought back in the second half, even finding the net when Diego Llorente converted his first shot of the game.
It wasn’t enough to prevent Leeds from falling into the bottom three with Everton’s victory at Leicester City, but it gave him food for thought ahead of Wednesday’s game at home to Chelsea.
There was also some hope for the Whites, in the form of a 3-1 home loss for Burnley against Aston Villa.
“Watching the game, I’m thinking about how to bring an idea of how we want to play football at the moment with the spirit and character of the group,” Marsch said on Sunday.
“Right now I need to figure out what that means for formation, player picks, game plans, everything, to give us the best chance to fight for every point left.”
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