Jesse Marsch hails ‘incredible’ new signing from Leeds, as Brenden Aaronson revels in legendary Elland Road atmosphere
Leeds Utd boss Jesse Marsch spoke lyrically about new boy Brenden Aaronson who reveled in the atmosphere Elland Road generated on his debut.
The Whites kicked off their 2022-23 campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Wolves. Marsch made his first-team debut with four new signings including Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.
But it was old Rodrigo who brought Leeds back to level within half an hour after Daniel Podence had opened the scoring after just six minutes.
The scores remained level until the second half before Rayan Ait-Nouri inadvertently deflected Patrick Bamford’s cross into his own goal. The Frenchman wouldn’t have pushed into his own net had it not been for Aaronson’s heavy pressure.
Wolves pushed to equalize later, although Leeds held on, scoring their first three points of the season.
Addressing the BBC After the game, March said: “I felt like we had a tough start to the second half. The wolves were pushing, you had to hold on and dig a little.
“The second goal was in some ways a bit against the run of play, but we were gaining momentum. I was really happy that the guys who came off the bench made a big difference for us.
“I actually thought we had a good start to the game. The one-goal response was really good and I actually thought we could have had a few more before half-time.
“I think all the newbies did pretty well. The speed of play on the pitch was at a very high level, with both teams trying to impose themselves on the way they wanted to play. In general, I think the four players who started their first game for us are going to be good players.
On fellow American Aaronson who impressed on the right side, Marsch added: “He’s relentless. He is non-stop. His work rate is incredible, I know him well and what I know of him is that he will only get better.
Marsch and Wolves counterpart Bruno Lage exchanged an impassioned word or two at the full-time whistle.
When pressed on the flashpoint, Marsch opted to take the high road and downplayed the incident: “It was really nothing.”
Brenden Aaronson claims the winning goal
Leeds debutant Aaronson also addressed the press, saying: “It was exactly what we were looking for!
“I can’t help but smile because it’s such a wonderful place. The crowd pushes you, that’s why it’s a legend here, Leeds United.
“Our plan was to go through the middle and I think we executed it well.”
On Leeds’ winning goal which eventually became an own goal, the American added: “I think it came from me! I remember touching him with my leg. We’ll see, I hope they give me credit.
“That’s how we wanted to start the season. Impressive.”
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