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Jesse Marsch urges his Leeds players to ‘stop the bleeding’; reveals what disappointed him most in defeat

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch

Jesse Marsch has told his Leeds United team to ‘stop the bleeding’ following their loss to Leicester City, while also speaking about what disappointed him most in the match.

Leeds were hoping to pick up their first league win since August 21 when they travelled to the King Power. However, it was an underwhelming night as they were beaten 2-0 by Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Leeds got off to a bad start. Dennis Praet got in behind Junior Firpo on Leeds’ left flank and put a dangerous ball over to Harvey Barnes.

Whites centre-half Robin Koch was forced to intervene, but his touch sent the ball over the line for an own goal.

And things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Barnes continued his great form against them by scoring in the 35th minute.

Leicester tore Leeds apart with a brilliant example of one-touch play involving Jamie Vardy and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. The ball eventually came to Barnes and he finished past Illan Meslier to make it five goals in as many games versus Leeds.

Marsch’s team did hit the crossbar before Barnes’ goal, but they didn’t have too many big opportunities and failed to properly trouble Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward.

In a post-match interview with Amazon Prime (via BBC Sport), Marsch revealed he was disappointed most by the fact Leicester scored with their first attack.

Leeds dug themselves a hole, says Jesse Marsch

“I think we dug ourselves a hole,” Marsch admitted. “The first one was a half chance and ends up being and own goal and then it goes 2-0.

“Right now in both boxes we are not helping ourselves and right now we have to find a way to stop the bleeding. When you don’t get results confidence does go lower and the desire to try and make goals. We have to try and find goals.

“What disappointed me most was it was first time down the pitch and they score. Then all of a sudden the match gets harder. We need to find goals.”

The travelling Leeds fans were heard booing Marsch and the players at full time. Marsch reacted by saying: “First time I’ve heard that from fans. They have the right.

“I’m here doing what I can to help. I like our guys and we have to do what we can and find a way to stop the bleeding.

“We have to find a way to get wins. Away from home we haven’t been great. It’s a big match on Sunday and we have to be ready for this.”

Leeds’ next match is against Fulham on Sunday at 14:00. Leicester, meanwhile, travel to Wolves on the same day.

Meanwhile, Leeds are seemingly on alert after a summer transfer target revealed his desire to play in the Premier League.