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Leeds: Jack Harrison let Jesse Marsch down vs Fulham

Leeds United made it to four straight defeats in the Premier League with a 3-2 loss against Marco Silva’s Fulham at Elland Road on Sunday.

Jesse Marsch’s side failed to make the most of taking the lead in the match as the Cottagers came from behind to pick up all three points in Yorkshire.

Rodrigo opened the scoring as he nodded the ball in from close range after Jack Harrison’s deflected effort landed in the perfect position for him to find the back of the net with ease.

The away side soon found their equaliser, though, as Aleksandar Mitrovic flicked the ball in at the near post from a corner. He pushed Luke Ayling aside and Illan Meslier had little chance of stopping the Serbian’s effort from point-blank range.

Bobby Decordova-Reid made it 2-1 in the 74th minute before Willian sealed the win for the away side with just over 15 minutes left to play, with Crysencio Summerville scoring a consolation goal in stoppage time.

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It is a result that could leave Marsch’s position in a spot of bother as his team are now sitting 18th in the Premier League table and he was not helped by some of the individual performances against Fulham.

One player who let the side down with a disappointing display out on the wing was English forward Jack Harrison. The attacker struggled after being recalled to the starting XI, as he failed to impress on or off the ball for the Whites.

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Out of possession, the former Manchester City man was a weak link in the team.

As per SofaScore, he lost 11 of his 14 (79%) individual duels and was dribbled past a whopping four times. For the second Fulham goal, he did not close Willian down quickly enough and then could not come out to cover Pereira out wide, although he was not helped by Pascal Struijk tucking into a central position.

On the ball, Harrison did not show the quality that he is capable of providing. He has scored one goal and created five ‘big chances’ in the top-flight this season but his play going forward left a lot to be desired.

Also per SofaScore, the Englishman completed 60% of his 30 attempted passes and lost possession every 2.3 touches (23/52), whilst also failing in four of his five long pass attempts.

So forget about the likes of Luke Ayling – making his first Premier League start of the season – and Rodrigo – the goalscorer – Harrison’s statistics suggest that he was not good enough on or off the ball and that is why he was the real villain for Marsch against Fulham, as he weakened the side at both ends of the pitch.

Article title: Leeds: Jack Harrison let Jesse Marsch down vs Fulham

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