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Jesse Marsch absolutely rips into Aston Villa for timewasting tactics after 'snail-paced' game

Jack Kenmare

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Jesse Marsch absolutely rips into Aston Villa for timewasting tactics after 'snail-paced' game

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch slammed Aston Villa's repeated timewasting tactics in a scathing post-match interview following their 0-0 draw at Elland Road.

The home side went down to 10-men when Luis Sinisterra was controversially sent for an early bath after he received a second yellow card for blocking a free kick attempt.

But despite playing the second-half with a numerical disadvantage, plucky Leeds managed to grind out a point against Steven Gerrard's men.

Sky pundit Roy Keane, meanwhile, didn't have much sympathy for Sinisterra.

After the full-time whistle, a frustrated Jesse Marsch didn't hold back in his post-match interview when discussing the tactics used by Gerrard's side throughout this weekend's clash.

"Villa slow the game down and now it's two or three opponents that we've had here that just wanna throw the ball away, take a minute in every goal kick, and so, we need some help to manage this," he told Sky Sports.

"We can't do it alone and the sad thing is, this (Elland Road) is the best environment in the league for me and our fans don't come here to watch a snail-paced match."

He wasn't done there, either. Marsch was in an apologetic mood to those who attended the Premier League clash.

"I almost feel we have to apologise to our fans," he added.

"They didn't get an entertaining match, they got a match that was slowed down by an opponent from the first minute and they [the fans] don't get to enjoy coming to Elland Road as much as they should.

"I will be speaking to someone from the league and [have] already spoken to the referees' committee, it's clearly a tactic. I feel bad for our fans, they have to watch that and they don't get an energetic game.

"It's respect for how we play against the ball, in the aggression we show and quality we have against the ball. Our fans like to see us where the team plays with aggression and they [Villa] are trying to flip the script.

"I have had more referees that were able to manage it better - it leads to frustration to everyone in the crowd."

Aston Villa manager Gerrard hit back at Marsch following his post-match comments. "Was he unhappy with their time wasting when they went down to 10 men?" the former Liverpool midfielder asked.

"It works both ways. But I'm not interested in Jesse and what he thinks and his opinion. We will do what we need to do. I'm only interested in Aston Villa."

The Leeds manager certainly sparked debate on social media for speaking his mind.

One fan commented on the incident, saying: "How dare Villa come to Elland Road and play to their own tactical plan... the audacity. Is this guy for real?"

Another said: "Meanwhile Sinisterra got sent off for blocking a quick free kick and slowing the game down," while a third wrote: "Didn’t their player get sent off for stopping a quick free-kick? Sounds like slowing the game down to me."

Thoughts on Marsch's post-match interview?

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Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/Alamy

Topics:Β Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Premier League

Jack Kenmare
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