Man City controversy analysed by pundit as manager 'clutches at straws'

By Kevin Campbell

5th May, 2022 | 7:00am

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Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch is “clutching at straws” in his complaints over the free-kick awarded to Man City in the build-up to their first goal.

That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Stuart Dallas’ challenge on Raheem Sterling.

Sterling won a free-kick in the opening stages of the match at Elland Road on Saturday.

The free-kick would lead to City’s opener with Rodri heading in from Phil Foden’s cross.

As quoted by Leeds Live (30 April), Jesse Marsch contested the free-kick which led to the opener and expressed his “frustration” with the officials.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment fo the incident in the first half, Campbell said:

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“It could have gone either way but Marsch is clutching at straws a little bit in my opinion.

“I thought the tackle was fine, this is the Premier League at the end of the day, but that’s not why Leeds lost the game. These decisions can go for or against you.

“You still have to defend the set-piece. Let’s be honest, the foul is not the only reason they conceded. They did not defend it right.

“City wear you down eventually and get to you. I thought the scoreline was a bit harsh on Leeds but this is the Premier League. You get punished if you cannot defend.”

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