Jesse Marsch: We’re going to go after the match

Head coach on West Ham test.


Leeds United face West Ham United on Wednesday evening (7:45pm kick-off), in their first match of 2023.

The Whites take on the Hammers under the lights of Elland Road, in a match between two teams that are separated by two points in the Premier League table.

With the turning over of a new year, leaving 2022 and heading into 2023, Jesse reflected on the past 12 months.

He said: “I think 2022 has been a difficult year and a big challenge for me, but one I have really enjoyed.

“I’m really thankful to be at this club, inside the club and inside the team we are really unified, I have said that a lot. We are committed to doing this together.”

The first challenge in the year ahead for the head coach is West Ham United. After a strong 2021/22 campaign, they have found things harder this season and are 17th in the table.

“Obviously you look at the table and you say West Ham are a competitor for where we are,” Marsch explained.

“We’re playing at home and we want to find a way to get a result, but I just feel like this every week.

"I think West Ham were hard done by against Brentford a little bit, we watched that match. They defend well, they counter well.

“It will be a challenge for us but we’re going to come up with a good match plan and go after the match.

“We’re all learning that we have to stay laser focused on every moment, every match and make sure we are prepared to be at our best.

“If we do that, then we like the team we can become.”

Finally, ahead of the match, Marsch gave an update where he could on the team news to take on the Hammers.

“I don’t think Patrick [Bamford] will be back yet,” he said.

“Luis Sinisterra won’t be back yet either.

“More than anything, it will be about having players at 100 per cent match fit, players like Crysencio Summerville and Jack Harrison.”

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