Martin Keown has told BBC One’s Match Of The Day that Jesse Marsch is “clinging on” and his positivity in front of the media is simply “codswallop” and even accused the Leeds United boss of “propaganda” – after a draw with Brentford.

Leeds were perhaps unlucky not to pick up three points at Elland Road on Sunday. While Brentford arguably shaded the first half, Leeds were the better side in the second 45. But we could not find a breakthrough, the game ending 0-0.

Marsch is under pressure. Leeds are only a point above the relegation zone. But momentum is picking up. A strong display in a 2-1 loss to Villa, and then a 5-2 win over Cardiff in the FA Cup. A winner would have strengthened that.

But even then, the performance was encouraging with Leeds having a number of efforts on goal. Willy Gnonto had the best chance, but his stinging shot was palmed wide by David Raya. Keown, though, was not impressed on MOTD.

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Marsch was positive in his post-match comments and has been positive, even after the loss to Villa. He says that Leeds are starting to show signs of improvement, edging closer to where he wants us. But Keown says he is clinging on.

“I don’t see any game management, I don’t see any control, I think the manager has got good characteristics. But when you don’t win a game, it’s like codswallop, baloney, it’s propaganda. It’s like he’s clinging on, they need to get results.”

Keown: Leeds boss Marsch is clinging on and accused boss of propaganda

The Leeds hierarchy will give Marsch every chance to improve this team. After the draw against fellow strugglers West Ham, many wanted Marsch gone. That feeling does remain, but performances have picked up. The squad is with him.

The board, too. The Mail say that the Leeds board have been encouraged by the recent up-turn in performances. The result against Brentford showed Leeds can keep clean sheets. A decent point, given we lost 5-2 to Brentford in London.

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