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 aspect survived a second half barrage from a Palace staff impressed by Wilfried Zaha after he was accused of diving by the guests. Leeds are 5 parts away from the relegation zone, however third backside Everton have a sport in hand to shut the opening to 2 parts.
With Leeds’ subsequent three video video video games coming in path of Manchester Metropolis, Arsenal and Chelsea, there could nevertheless be a nerve-jangling conclusion to the season for the Yorkshire membership. Leeds have taken 11 parts from seven video video video games since hiring American boss Marsch to change the sacked Marcelo Bielsa.
Nevertheless regardless of that sturdy run, Burnley’s second successive win, in path of Wolves on Sunday, has lifted them out of the relegation zone above Everton, within the tactic dragging Leeds into the scrap for survival.
Marsch and Palace boss Patrick Vieira met 9 occasions within the USA all via their spells in value of New York Purple Bulls and New York Metropolis FC respectively.
None of these earlier encounters can have been fairly so necessary 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 occasions the frenetic tempo left him struggling to maintain up up.
Jean-Philippe Mateta nearly gave Palace the suitable begin when he raced onto Conor Gallagher’s extended go and clipped his shot earlier Leeds keeper Illan Meslier, however the burly striker’s effort drifted merely big.
Palace dominated the early phases and Mateta missed one completely different good probability as he stretched to shin Jordan Ayew’s cross big from close-range.
After a rocky begin, Leeds defender Liam Cooper’s header pressured Vicente Guaita to make his first save. Mateta examined Meslier with a sturdy header earlier than Palace ahead Zaha earned Marsch’s wrath.
Zaha’s theatrical tumbles raised the temperature on the touchline as Marsch took downside with the Ivorian, who then shoved Raphinha within the face to make the environment quite extra feisty.
The dangerous blood spilled over into the second half as Daniel James was booked for a crude foul on Joel Ward that sparked one completely different melee. Zaha appealed for a penalty after Luke Ayling’s downside despatched him sprawling, however his protest was waved away.
Undeterred, Zaha took the assault to Leeds as quickly as further as he in the reduction of contained on this planet for a shot that Meslier held correctly. Gallagher smashed a half-volley merely over from the sting of the world earlier than Meslier twice saved alongside alongside together with his legs from a pair of Zaha strikes.