Ally McCoist has told Amazon Prime that he believes Leeds United will be “fine” when it comes to avoiding a relegation scrap this season – if they perform as they did against Premier League champions Manchester City.
Leeds suffered a 3-1 defeat at Elland Road to Pep Guardiola’s side on Wednesday night. It took City until moments before the half-time break to go 1-0 up – Rodri bundling the ball into the net. That is, after an Illan Meslier save.
City’s momentum saw them score twice soon after the break. A mistake from Robin Koch saw Jack Grealish go through on goal – squaring to Erling Haaland. Then, Grealish got a second assist for Haaland, to make it 3-0.
Sam Greenwood’s corner did see Pascal Struijk get a consolation for Leeds, but it was not enough. However, there were positives to take from the 3-1 loss for Leeds – especially, in the likes of Willy Gnonto and Brenden Aaronson.
McCoist was asked during commentary at Elland Road if he felt Leeds have what it takes to avoid the drop. He said: “They’ll be alright. Based on the performance tonight, they’ll be fine,” during his role as co-commentator.
“They’re clearly working for eachother, working for the manager. Just parts of the game they’ve been outclassed, which is no criticism because this is Man City. But I think they will be fine, they have a lot of energy.”
McCoist: Leeds will be fine when it comes to avoiding a relegation scrap
Leeds currently sit in 15th place but do have a game in hand on the majority of the teams in and around them. Four wins, but only two wins in 13 games in all competitions. However, they have won two of their last five League games.
Two of those three defeats have come against City and Tottenham. A tricky trip to Newcastle is next, followed by a run of four games where Jesse Marsch will need points. West Ham, Aston Villa, Brentford and Nottingham Forest.
Plenty to do for Marsch and his Leeds players. But, it is in our hands. A couple of new signings in January would help Leeds avoid the scrap down the bottom of the table. Whether that will materialise, is another question.