Leicester City 2 Leeds United 0

Last updated : 06 November 2022 By By Simon Stone BBC Sport

Under-pressure Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was singled out for criticism by his own club's fans as the West Yorkshire side slipped to a disappointing defeat at fellow strugglers Leicester.

The visitors were booed off at half-time as they trailed to a Robin Koch own goal and a second 10 minutes before the break from Harvey Barnes, who extended his record of scoring every time he plays against Leeds to five Premier League games.

Then, when Marsch replaced popular Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra with striker Joe Gelhardt 15 minutes from time, the visiting fans responded with more jeers and cries of 'what is going on'.

The final whistle brought more negative chants and American Marsch's position is starting to look shaky.

Leicester's second win of the season was not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone, but it did move them to within a point of their 16th-placed opponents.

And, while Brendan Rodgers' side have now picked up seven points from their last three home games, out-of-form Leeds are winless in seven and not picked up a point away from Elland Road since 13 August.

The visitors, who struck the bar with an earlier Sinisterra effort, never looked like turning this around. Substitute Liam Cooper came closest to a reply with a low shot from an acute angle that was comfortably saved by Leicester keeper Danny Ward.


Barnes' remarkable record against Leeds began in November 2020, in a 4-1 win at Elland Road that took Leicester to within a point of leaders Liverpool.


Clearly, the Foxes' have dipped markedly since then and Rodgers' future has been the subject of intense debate.


Barnes is one of the players Rodgers needs more from. The 24-year-old is evidently a player of immense talent. What he has not been able to do is reach his highest level on a consistent basis, which explains why he has not added to his solitary England cap, won against Wales, a month before that first goal against Leeds.


His intelligence in not following the ball contributed to both Leicester's first-half goals.


Koch knew Barnes was behind him and ready to pounce when he diverted Dennis Praet's cross past Illan Meslier after 16 minutes.


Barnes was then on his own in a similar position when he drilled a shot through Meslier's legs after Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall had provided the final pass of a flowing four-man move.


It was the kind of goal that has Leicester fans scratching their heads and wondering how their club has ended up in their present predicament.


Despite Leeds' troubles, Crysencio Summerville has had to be patient in waiting for his first Premier League start.


The 20-year-old Dutchman was given the prized number 10 shirt by Marsch in the summer, yet it was only against Leicester that the Leeds boss felt confident enough to hand Summerville his first-team chance.


It is true there are some raw edges that need to be smoothed and Diego Llorente gave him a real ear-bashing for failing to follow a runner as the Leeds defence scrambled to nullify one early Leicester attack.


However, for the first hour he was one of the visiting players who looked most likely to threaten.


Summerville might have done better than float a shot wide after one enterprising run into the box. Not long afterwards he brought a good save out of Ward, although he was marginally offside.


The Dutch Under-21 international has plenty of pace and is eager to get on the ball, but he should be getting helped out by more experienced colleagues as his Leeds team-mates simply failed to deliver.


The chants following Sinisterra's departure were clearly directed at Marsch and the continuing discontent from the Leeds contingent after the final whistle suggested issues that go beyond a single loss, as disappointing as this was.