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2 things Jesse Marsch had to say following Leeds United 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

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Pascal Struijk scored a 92nd minute equaliser for Leeds United yesterday as they drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion at Elland Road.

Leeds were trailing to Danny Welbeck’s first-half goal and looking set to stay in the bottom three.

However, Struijk met Joe Gelhardt’s cross in stoppage time to score, sending Elland Road wild and moving Leeds out of the bottom three.

With games in-hand, Burnley and Everton are in control of their fate and the relegation battle. However, Jesse Marsch’s side have a point lead over the former now following yesterday’s draw.

We identify a couple of things Marsch had to say post-match here:

Joffy’s brilliance

LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Joe Gelhardt of Leeds United chases the ball during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on May 15, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Struijk scored the crucial goal for Leeds, but it really belonged to the brilliant Gelhardt, who set him up.

Drifting into space on the right, the 20-year-old sat Lewis Dunk down before dinking the ball over the defender and crossing for Struijk at the far post.

It was an incredible piece of skill and something you are more likely to see on a park field rather than the Premier League stage.

Here’s how Marsch saw things, as per Leeds Live:

“It was a very special play, really incredible. Joffy has that ability and he grew into the game more and more. Obviously where we are, we need him and it’s great to see him have a confident performance, especially as the game goes on. He made a massive, massive play for us.”

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Moving Raphinha wide

LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Raphinha of Leeds United down injured during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Chelsea at Elland Road on May 11, 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

In the previous three fixtures we’ve seen the bizarre experiment of Raphinha at right wing-back, much to the frustration of the Leeds supporters.

Yesterday, Marsch reverted to a 4-2-3-1 system that allowed Raphinha to take up his usual role on the right.

There wasn’t the narrower 4-2-3-1 system either, with Marsch explaining to Leeds Live how he wanted the Brazilian playing wider, where he was a lot more dangerous.

“We played 4-2-3-1 but we allowed Rapha to be a little bit wider at times and we played sometimes with the three build-up. We rotated a little bit different with and against the ball.”

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