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Leeds boss Jesse Marsch praised his players’ determination after coming back from 2-0 down to beat the Wolves 3-2 at Molineux.
The Whites went into the match after arresting a series of six defeats by beating Norwich City 2-1 last time. But it seemed like another loss was on the way after Jonny and Francisco Trincao scored goals in the first half for Bruno Lage’s team. Incredibly, Leeds lost three players to injury during the first 45 minutes.
Patrick Bamford, Diego Llorente and Mateusz Klich all succumbed to an injury. The outlook seemed bleak, but the match revolved around Raul Jimenez’s red card early in the second period.
The Mexican collided with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier and referee Kevin Friend produced another yellow card. The hosts may have been down to ten men, but Leeds were forced into yet another replacement when Meslier was replaced by Kristoffer Klaesson.
Leeds was allowed to use four replacements as Klich’s replacement was down on concussion. Although they were a man light, the Wolves fans would never have expected their side to capitulate.
But Jack Harrison gave Leeds hope with an attack in the 63rd minute, and three minutes later Rodrigo got the sides straight. And one minute into stoppage time, Luke Ayling completed a remarkable turnaround by scoring the winner.
March marches on the spirit of Leeds
Marsch was a relieved man after the final whistle. And the American paid homage to the character of his accusers by claiming three vital points.
“Yes, the first half was not what we wanted and we knew the Wolves are a good team and they were able to separate us more than we hoped and the second goal before the break was a killer, he said to Sky Sports.
“It’s a group that has big hearts, high quality young men, and I’m very grateful to be here with them and to be in battle with them, because even though I’ve only been here a short time, I believe in them.
“When we were a man up, you hope we can push on, and then we can push for the second goal, and that’s what happened.”
The result means Leeds are now seven points ahead of the relegation line. March takes nothing for granted as he knows, there is a long way to go again.
And he revealed two key aspects that he has been working on with the players since arriving at Elland Road.
“We are still learning and adapting to the football I want us to play, but in the meantime I know we can draw on the mentality and the identity of the club,” he added.
“I think we still have a lot of work to do, and I’m just focused on controlling our mentality and work ethic, and if we control it, then I think we have the quality to do well.”
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