Jesse Marsch accepts pressure to change things ahead of ‘big week’

The under-fire Leeds boss Jesse Marsch knows he must halt his side’s relegation to the Premier League immediately after fans chanted his dismissal following a 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Leeds, who were the better side in the first half and missed a few chances at the city ground, were sunk by Brennan Johnson’s goal to make it seven games without a win and they are out of the relegation zone on goal difference only.

That run is unlikely to improve next week with a quick double-header with Manchester United.

Fed up with the American, some Leeds fans chanted for him to leave, but Marsch is determined to turn things around.

“I take full responsibility, I have to find a way to turn good performances into wins more because that’s what we’ve been for a while,” he said.

“That’s the final step for the potential of where we need to be.

“It’s my responsibility and I understand their frustration and I accept it, I have to find a way to turn a lot of the good things that are happening into results or we’re going to be in a stressful situation. I understand.

“It’s difficult to find the right words for the team, what is needed right now because the emotions are too big, it’s a big week, it’s a huge week.

“I understand the frustration and the doubts, internally we have faith here, we do.

I have to find a way to turn a lot of the good things that are happening into results or we’re going to be in a stressful situation

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“The players are in full swing, they gave it their all, we’re young and we’re trying to put everything together, but I have to find a way now that we’re ready for a big result next Wednesday.

“Everyone is aligned, if we don’t get results we get stressed and instead of managing the development we manage the stress. I’m totally focused on how I can help the group in those moments to be what I think they can be.”

Forest continued their recent revival where they picked up 11 points in their five games in 2023, moving six points from the relegation zone.

Boss Steve Cooper admits his side weren’t at their best and had to thank Keylor Navas for sticking with the three points.

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper, three-time Champions League winner, made his debut on loan from Paris St Germain on deadline day and made a number of fine saves.

Cooper said: “I don’t need to tell you about his experiences and success in his career.

“He definitely would have wanted to do well for his new club in his first game and he did.

“Brilliant in the first half, outstanding and composed. The obvious talking points are the saves and he rightly deserves all the credit for that but I loved his composure and game management and decision making, I really enjoyed that part of his performance.

“Pleased he got up and running, it was something that sure helped us win.

“We’ve had a good couple of days with him where all he’s shown is a really good work ethic, humility and a desire to jump on board. We are very happy that he is here and look forward to working with him.”

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