Leeds fell to yet another disappointing result at Villa Park, but gave a good account of themselves in a performance where they were arguably unlucky not to come away with a point.
Speaking on the Leeds United Live Facebook Page, Cross claimed that these comments in the face of defeat were jarring, and may not have impressed an already tense fanbase.
He said: “The headline from tonight is Marsch has called that the most complete performance of his tenure, That was quite jarring to hear.
“A lot of us were prepared to accept that there were some decent features tonight, and as I’ve said three times now, they did not deserve to lose that game.
“For all of the territory and possession that Leeds had in decent areas, they did very little with it. Martinez had to pull out a couple of very good saves, but there was not nearly enough danger there for the goalkeeper to deal with tonight.
“So for Marsch to call that the most complete performance, the best they have played since he arrived, it was jarring.”
There was some reported dissent from the travelling Leeds faithful to the American, as patience appears to be wearing thin after yet another disappointing result.
If Leeds do not start gaining points soon, a decision may need to be made on Marsch, but we think it is unlikely he will be sacked unless the threat of relegation becomes even more severe.
Given that the club’s recent transfer dealings have been geared towards him – with the likes of Brenden Aaronson, Wober and Tyler Adams all brought in from Red Bull Salzburg because of Marsch’s previous experience with the players – there is clearly a long-term strategy in place at the club.
Whilst Leeds were perhaps unlucky against Villa, labelling the defeat as a “complete” performance would understandably cause some confusion amongst the fanbase, but if Marsch can turn these promising displays into favourable results quickly, he can get them back onside again – though time is starting to run out.