Jesse Marsch’s job saved by Leeds win over Bournemouth


As Sam Greenwood was introduced by Jesse Marsch 54 minutes into their clash with Bournemouth at Elland Road, he could not have imagined what a decision that would turn out to be.

In the end, it was a decision that in all likelihood saved his job.

Despite winning at Liverpool last time out, Leeds couldn’t contemplate defeat at home to Bournemouth but that’s exactly what Marsch and his team stared in the face as they looked up at the scoreboard in reminiscence. they trailed 3-1.

With games against Tottenham, Man City, Newcastle and West Ham to come, defeat would certainly have been terminal for Marsch at Elland Road.

But Marsch brought in Greenwood, after bringing in Willy Gnonto at halftime, and it was those changes that turned the game upside down.

Greenwood came on after 54 minutes with Leeds 3-1 and, in all truth, very much second best, and the former Arsenal youngster scored a superb goal. Suddenly the whole game flipped.

Elland Road still believed in it, Marsch believed in it and, above all, the players believed in it.

Greenwood was there again then, this time putting captain Liam Cooper in the corner to go home and tie things up on the scoresheet.

From being a lost cause, the game only went one way and it was a win for Leeds. Marsch’s men agreed; this time Gnonto runs through a big ball for Crysencio Summerville to shoot home.

Before the game, this game was billed as a six-point game and it was indeed, but it was so much more to Marsch.

That game was 11 months to the day as RB Leipzig decided Marsch’s experiment wasn’t working after just 21 games and a similar story was likely to play out at Leeds, but he’s surely now earned the chance to do well. continue in 2023.

And it’s not just about the result against Bournemouth; it is the passion, the conviction and the commitment that he was able to generate in his players. If Leeds can start games the way they finished against Bournemouth, then talk of relegation will be just that, talking – but Marsch and Leeds need to kick off that result and prove it.

After the match, Marsch admitted they had to produce like this regularly: “Consistency is what we lack.

“Conviction is still high, I could tell by the looks on their faces we could win this game.”


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