LONDON (AFP) – Leeds held on for a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace that did little to ease their fears of being dragged deeper into the Premier League relegation battle on Monday (April 25).
Jesse Marsch’s facet survived a second half barrage from a Palace workforce impressed by Wilfried Zaha after he was accused of diving by the guests. Leeds are 5 factors away from the relegation zone, however third backside Everton have a sport in hand to shut the hole to 2 factors.
With Leeds’ subsequent three video games coming in opposition to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, there may but be a nerve-jangling conclusion to the season for the Yorkshire membership. Leeds have taken 11 factors from seven video games since hiring American boss Marsch to exchange the sacked Marcelo Bielsa.
But regardless of that stable run, Burnley’s second successive win, in opposition to Wolves on Sunday, has lifted them out of the relegation zone above Everton, in the method dragging Leeds into the scrap for survival.
Marsch and Palace boss Patrick Vieira met 9 instances in the United States throughout their spells in cost of New York Red Bulls and New York City FC respectively.
None of these earlier encounters can have been fairly so essential to Marsch as this one as Leeds tried to climb away from the relegation dogfight.
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips was making his first Leeds begin for practically 5 months after a hamstring damage, however at instances the frenetic tempo left him struggling to maintain up.
Jean-Philippe Mateta nearly gave Palace the proper begin when he raced onto Conor Gallagher’s lengthy go and clipped his shot previous Leeds keeper Illan Meslier, however the burly striker’s effort drifted simply huge.
Palace dominated the early levels and Mateta missed one other good probability as he stretched to shin Jordan Ayew’s cross huge from close-range.
After a rocky begin, Leeds defender Liam Cooper’s header compelled Vicente Guaita to make his first save. Mateta examined Meslier with a robust header earlier than Palace ahead Zaha earned Marsch’s wrath.
Zaha’s theatrical tumbles raised the temperature on the touchline as Marsch took concern with the Ivorian, who then shoved Raphinha in the face to make the ambiance much more feisty.
The unhealthy blood spilled over into the second half as Daniel James was booked for a crude foul on Joel Ward that sparked one other melee. Zaha appealed for a penalty after Luke Ayling’s problem despatched him sprawling, however his protest was waved away.
Undeterred, Zaha took the assault to Leeds once more as he lower inside the realm for a shot that Meslier held effectively. Gallagher smashed a half-volley simply over from the sting of the realm earlier than Meslier twice saved along with his legs from a pair of Zaha strikes.