Leeds boss Jesse Marsch faces an uncertain future after Fulham came from behind to claim a win at Elland Road that leaves the Whites in in the Premier League bottom three and without a win in eight games. Behind To Claim a Win Second-half goals from Bobby Decordova-Reid and Willian sealed the game for the Cottagers – the former steering a header before the latter scored from close range to provoke mutiny among the home crowd.
But familiar defensive failings again undid them as they allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic an unchallenged close-range header from a corner just six minutes later. The Whites In The Premier League In what is becoming a familiar story, the Whites looked huffed and puffed in attack but looked vulnerable all afternoon. It took a superb goal-line block from Marc Roca to stop Harrison Reed scoring the opener and a fine save from Illan Meslier to stop Andreas Pereira making it 2-1 before the break Game.
Leeds wilt as Fulham fight back
After Thursday’s loss at Leicester, which left Leeds out of the bottom three only on goal difference and saw a travelling support turn on Marsch, this felt like a must-win game for the American. Behind To Claim a Win It was only a week ago that they largely outplayed league leaders Arsenal at Elland Road and Marsch was eager before Sunday’s game to draw on this positive and the possibility of a repeat.
Behind To Claim a Win Mitrovic, who struggled during his last Premier League campaign, is a different top-flight animal this season and needs little invitation to score – so Leeds erred badly by leaving him unmarked six yards out from a corner. And the home side diced with danger all too regularly, needing Roca to rescue them at 0-0 and Meslier to do the same at 1-1.
There was no rescue act once Decordova-Reid had glanced in his hammer blow of a header and Willian had tapped home to put daylight between the sides. Behind To Claim a Win As Leicester witnessed on a smaller scale on Thursday – and as Fulham will have known going into this game – the Leeds support is a powder keg waiting to ignite in fury at the club’s failings. And so it came to pass with chants against the manager and board, the latter getting the lion’s share, only interrupted momentarily by Summerville’s goal – his first for the club.
Boos filled the ground at full-time and continued as Marsch took to the pitch to applaud the fans. It could well be the last this ground sees of the American. For Fulham, this represents another big feather in the cap. This win puts them seventh.