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Brentford troll Jesse Marsch after Leeds manager is sent off for ‘stropping and moaning’

Brentford took to troll Jesse Marsch via Twitter after the Leeds United manager is sent off for ‘stropping and moaning’ on the touchline.

The American head coach was left visibly furious when Crysencio Summerville was denied a penalty following a push from Aaron Hickey during their 5-2 defeat at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the score at 3-1 to the Bees at the time, a penalty would have seen Leeds given a potential route back into the game and after Rob Jones thought that no foul was made.

Reporting fortalkSPORTGameday Live, James Fielden said: “It’s all kicking off here.

“Leeds, in my opinion, should have had a penalty and that’s Jesse Marsch’s opinion as well. He was on the pitch and was screaming at the referee.

“He was running down the touchline and pointing at the VAR screen and asking the referee to look at it, he was even moving the linesman out of the way and unsurprisingly the referee, Rob Jones, has come across and shoved a red card in his face.

“He’s stropping and moaning and walking down the tunnel, and I have to say, I sympathise with him because on the replays we’ve seen, Summerville looks like he was fouled inside the box.

“It was right in front of the Leeds fans, they were up in arms.

“Marsch has paid the penalty. He’s got to keep his calm, but you can understand why he was upset.”

While replays suggest that Marsch and Leeds may have the right to be frustrated by the decision, Brentford couldn’t resist aiming a jibe at the American head coach when they took to social media.

They tweeted: “Jesse Marsch has spent more time on the pitch than in his technical area this afternoon.

“He’s now spending the rest of the afternoon in the stands as he’s sent off.”

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch, speaking to Match of the Day: “We’re disappointed and frustrated that we gave away too many easy chances and goals and made too many mistakes. But we also showed our character in some moments and also got ourselves back in the game.

“We have to learn from these situations, especially when you play away from home. We talked before the match about Brentford being a smart team who know how to play to their strengths. We knew we had to limit their set-piece opportunities and chances to play on the counter.

“We didn’t do enough of that today and it wound up costing us.”

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch, speaking to Match of the Day: “I said last week that I like our team and that doesn’t change. We have an incredible mentality and it’s now really about getting a little smarter and understanding how to limit what the opponent wants to accomplish on the day and make sure the game is tilted more in our direction.

“We have a good group – we know that. We have work to do and we’re going to keep pushing forward.”

On his sending off: “I was really calm when they gave a penalty for a play that I didn’t think was a penalty. It’s called ‘clear and obvious’ – and, for me, it wasn’t clear and obvious. The ruling on the pitch was ‘no penalty’. For our [penalty claim], it was clear and obvious.

“If you give one soft VAR penalty decision, it’s just an easy thing to do to say it’s fair and within the laws of the game to give another, when it’s also a more clear penalty. But we didn’t get that, and that’s what the frustration is.

“When you don’t get the behaviour that you think you should get, you have to decide what to do. I can have more discipline and our team can also have more discipline in these moments, but I also have to think about how to discuss these things. I don’t know if it’s with the league or other referees, because things I was told at manager meetings before the start of the season aren’t happening.

“That’s really the source of the frustration. I was calm all the time before there’s an egregious act for me. I don’t ever want to get tossed and I don’t want to show disrespect to referees but, when I feel there’s disrespect going in the other direction, I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do right now.”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank, speaking to Match of the Day: “It felt much better to be ahead – it’s a better position to be in, definitely. Leeds edged the first half in terms of performance – they looked a little bit better on the eye and caused us problems in the final third, without us giving anything away.

“But in both boxes we were very good – defensively in the first half, and at the other end we scored two goals and had two big chances. That’s a very big threat.

“In the second half, I really think we gave too much away. But on counter-attacks and creating chances – wow, we are such a threat going forward.

“When you win 5-2 in only our second season in the Premier League, we need to celebrate every win. It was well-deserved but we need to work on the defensive side.”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank, speaking to Match of the Day about hat-trick hero Ivan Toney: “Normally he’s not allowed to shoot from outside the penalty area. Today, again, a penalty from the best penalty-taker in the world – I know those are big words but I just say what I see during the week, how he does it. He’s so cool and composed and he’s got a strategy for it.

“The free-kick – I must say, that’s decent, a brilliant one. The last one is brilliant, so composed. Instead of smashing it or side-footing it, just to chip it over.”

On his tactics: “Last year, we struggled a bit with defensive transitions. It’s something we didn’t create enough from and we’ve been focusing on. Leeds are a very good team and very difficult to play against with so many good players between the lines. We knew that gave some space away behind them and we tried to exploit that.”

On Leeds boss Marsch demanding a penalty and being sent off: “I trust VAR and the refs to take a decision on that one. I haven’t seen the penalty decision [not to award Leeds a spot kick] back. I saw our own one back after the game and it’s a clear penalty. There are so many emotions in this job – I am not the calmest guy. I am calm and then I explode. I had that after the game against Wolves.

“I understand it’s difficult to try to control emotions but we have to try to do it.”

Player ratings

Brentford: Raya (7), Hickey (7), Jansson (7), Mee (6), Henry (6), Jensen (7), Baptiste (7), Janelt (6), Mbeumo (8), Toney (10), Lewis-Potter (6).

Subs: Dasilva (6), Onyeka (6), Wissa, Damsgaard (n/a).

Leeds: Meslier (4), Drameh (5), Llorente (4), Koch (5), Struijk (6), Roca (6), Adams (6), Harrison (6), Aaronson (6), Sinisterra (6), Gelhardt (6).

Subs: Bamford (5), Klich (5), Summerville (6), Ayling (6), Greenwood (n/a).

Man of the match: Ivan Toney.

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