Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was left bemused after their 2-2 draw with West Ham on Wednesday night.
Goals from Wilfried Gnonto and Rodrigo were enough to hold the Hammers, with the team needing an equalizer in the second half.
Marsch says the team’s performance in the first half was not impressive:
“I’m pleased with the way we pushed the game at 2-1, but I’m very frustrated that it took our players to go down a goal in that point of the match to play to their potential, their ability and fearlessness,” he said, reflecting on the game in his post-match presser.
“The first half for me wasn’t good enough. We played backwards too much, we invited the opponent into the match too much. That led to the penalty and is not how we want to play.”
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Marsch still does not understand why the team needed to concede before they played well:
“We have to find the pressure points, push the buttons to get our players to play like they’re down a goal,” he added.
“There’s a little bit of frustration and confusion about how to get them to be what I know they can become, be the team I know we can be – and how to have them remove this idea of pressure and stress and focus on exactly what the game needs to be and then perform at our level.”
Leeds remain 14th in the Premier League table after the result against West Ham last night. The Whites take on Aston Villa next Saturday.