Leeds boss Jesse Marsch believes that his squad never stopped believing after they survived relegation from the Premier League on the last day of the season. They took the lead when Raphinha dispatched the penalty before Canos equalized for the hosts. Newcastle beat Burnley at Turf Moor to ensure that Leeds just needed a point. Jack Harisson sealed survival with a stoppage-time goal.
“It was a hot day – not easy for either team. We got the lead, which was important and I thought the start was really good. When we were up two men we still didn’t want to leave it up to fate, we tried to push the winner to secure our fate,” Leeds boss Jesse Marsch said. “This group has been able to dig deep in injury time and find goals and the character is clear and it’s a privilege to work with these guys. We talked about how to play in the heat, how to manage the game, and how to stay focussed on every moment. It was weird that we gave up a goal when we went up a man.”
“We tried to update the players on the Burnley score but the focus on us was most important. It’s hard to concentrate and be connected for 90 minutes on days like this but this is typical of our group – they never stop believing and it’s a credit to our mentality,” he added. “It wasn’t easy to manage and I was trying to think of ways to help the group tactically and to be fair, we have had good performances, it’s just trying to put it all together that hasn’t always looked perfect. The stress has been high for three months, I’ve tried to stay calm and focus on us and you see the quality of the mentality and character.”