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Leeds boss Marsch hails Gelhardt for Brighton draw: I didn't hear Bielsa chants

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch insists he didn't hear any protesting fans during their 1-1 draw against Brighton.

The atmosphere inside Elland Road had turned sour as, with their team trailing 1-0 late in the second half, fans turned on the board and then sang the name of former boss Marcelo Bielsa.

But, in the 92nd minute, substitute Pascal Struijk headed an equalising goal to lift Leeds out of the bottom three with one game to play.

"I did not hear any of that," said Marsch of the chants. "I was focused on the match and I thought the fans pushed us really well. They helped us get the win (sic), that's what we need.

"You must have an aggressive mindset to find a way to make a difference. We have a good group in that way. They emptied their tanks and invested so much to get us that point. It could wind up being a massive moment for us."

Joe Gelhardt, the 20-year-old forward, created the goal after a sublime piece of skill inside the area.

Marsch said: "It was a very special play, really incredible. We need him, and he really grew into the game.

"We're alive now. The resolve to fight for everything is what makes this group so special. I want the players when they look at me to believe we can do this, we have to have belief."


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