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Jesse Marsch insists Leeds are not in a relegation battle

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch says he is not under any pressure following the team’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa.

The result at Villa Park means that Leeds have failed to win a Premier League game since the start of November. Leon Bailey opened the scoring for Villa just three minutes into the game, Emiliano Buendia added a second just after the restart on Friday. A late consolation goal from Patrick Bamford was not even to secure a result.

After Friday, Marsch said the team are moving ‘in the right direction’ :

“There’s no panic, it’s really trying to kick start the way we want to play,” he added. “If we do that we have enough quality and intelligence to achieve our goals.

“In sport sometime you can be on top and lose. This is our most complete performance since I’ve been here and the best example of the way I believe the team can play. I’m in a positive place with our group.

When asked about relegation, he continued: “We’re not [in danger]. We’re not we’re not even halfway through the season.

“I know people don’t want to hear this but it does sometimes take time. It’s always about results. But I know if we play like this, we’ll get results much more often than we have.”

Leeds are currently in 14th place in the league, two points above the relegation zone and are winless in their last five games. The Whites face Cardiff midweek in an FA Cup replay tie, before taking on Brentford this weekend.

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