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Leeds United news as Ebere Eze details Crystal Palace half-time message that turned the tide

A look at the latest Leeds United headlines this evening on Monday, April 10.

Ebere Eze says Crystal Palace half-time message key in Leeds United turnaround

Crystal Palace playmaker Ebere Eze has hailed Roy Hodgson's half-time team talk that inspired a dramatic turnaround at Elland Road. The Whites had started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead through Patrick Bamford, but a second-half implosion saw the Eagles run riot.

“A lot of information was given at half-time,” Eze told Palace TV after the game. “Making runs in behind, having more energy and winning the second ball. We took on the information well and it worked for us today.

READ MORE: Leeds United board's strategy to cope with Premier League relegation

“[Sam Johnstone] had a great day today. You can see how good he is, the level he has played at and he is a top ‘keeper.

“I know when [Michael Olise] has the ball at his feet he can pick out passes and make things happen. I got myself in a good position and he found me today.”

Leeds United relegation rivals Leicester City linked with coaching pair after Jesse Marsch snub

Leicester City have been linked with both Rafa Benitez and Dean Smith as they continue to search for Brendan Rodgers' replacement following Jesse Marsch's reported snub.

The former Leeds United boss was said to be close to reaching an agreement but informed Leicester on Sunday morning that he would not be taking over following talks with his coaching staff.

Marsch was sacked by Leeds in February following a seven-match winless run in the Premier League. He left the club after less than a year in charge, with Leeds sitting in 17th place, and only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

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Supercomputer doubles chances of Leeds United relegation but buffer remains

Leeds United have been backed by data analysts FiveThirtyEight to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season in their latest supercomputer predictions, despite losing 5-1 to Crystal Palace on Sunday - although their chances of playing Championship football have doubled since the midweek win over Nottingham Forest.

After Patrick Bamford opened the scoring for Leeds, Palace went on to score five without reply at Elland Road. Two polar opposite halves of football saw Javi Gracia's side implode as they now look to dust themselves down and go again ahead of Liverpool's visit to West Yorkshire on Monday night.

The defeat sees the Whites end the weekend in 16th, ahead of Everton, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Southampton. The Eagles are now four points ahead of Leeds in 12th, with Wolves, West Ham and Bournemouth sitting above them.

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Javi Gracia makes Luke Ayling comment after Leeds United horror show against Crystal Palace

Javi Gracia took his opportunity to stand by Luke Ayling after Sunday afternoon’s Leeds United horror show. The Whites were well and truly embarrassed by Crystal Palace as they collapsed to a 5-1 defeat in a game that was heaped in significance at the foot of the Premier League table.

Leeds actually took a deserved lead in the game, but the goal they conceded just before the break led to a complete and utter capitulation as Roy Hodgson’s side ran riot at Elland Road. No one in white could leave the field with their head held high as individual mistakes came from across the board.

However, Luke Ayling was one of those who struggled to put a foot right in the second half of the contest and the performance came after what has been a difficult few weeks for him. The right-back was one of Leeds’ brightest over the first couple of months of the calendar year in the Premier League.

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Javi Gracia's upturn 'halted' - National media verdict as Leeds United lose to Crystal Palace

A round-up of what the national media are reporting after Leeds United lost 5-1 to Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

'The Gracia upturn shuddered to a halt'

Jack Gaughan penned for the Mail Online: "The sort of day that cannot just be shrugged off. Not one that will be easy to, either. The ramifications for the remainder of this season do not bear thinking about at the moment.

"Leeds United might even have been better off drawing their last two games — rather than winning one and losing this one so drastically — just so the psychological impact of this did not exist."

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Leeds United got 'Space Jammed' vs Crystal Palace claims Arsenal legend Ian Wright

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has claimed that Leeds United got "Space Jammed" during their 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace after they conceded four goals in the second-half.

Moments before the half-time whistle blew, Javi Gracia would have been cursing his luck that his side would be walking down the tunnel only 1-0 up. The Whites had outplayed and outperformed Palace as Sam Johnstone had almost single-handedly kept the visitors within touching distance before the break.

However, Patrick Bamford's opener was cancelled out in first-half added time by Marc Guehi meaning that Leeds and Palace would head in level at the break. A Jekyll and Hyde performance would see the Whites implode after the restart as they went on to concede four goals at home to their relegation rivals - with just 24 minutes passing between the Eagles second and fifth strikes.

You can read more here.


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