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Stats: Three areas Neil Redfearn has made Leeds United a better side

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The stats suggest Neil Redfearn has had a physical effect on Leeds United in several areas.

Leeds United caretaker manager Neil Redfearn has done a great job in temporary charge of the Whites.

Leeds head into this weekend’s game against Huddersfield Town on the back of three games without a defeat and the side will be confident after a big win against Bournemouth earlier this week.

Interestingly, there are three areas where the stats suggest Redfearn has improved the side from the period before David Hockaday was sacked as first team manager.

 Under Hockaday GoalsTotal Scoring AttGoals ConcededAppearances
Leeds 2 28 8 4
 Under Redfearn GoalsTotal Scoring AttGoals ConcededAppearances
Leeds 5 31 2 3

Leeds are scoring more goals under Redfearn with an average of 1.6 goals per match compared to 0.5 per game before he took control of the first team.

That suggests that Redfearn has got the side playing a more effective brand of attacking football, encouraging players to express themselves with a greater degree of freedom.

That’s backed up by evidence which suggests Leeds are producing a greater number of attempts in games; 10.3 shots per match under Redfearn as opposed to seven per match under Hockaday.

It may sound obvious but the greater number of shots a side is having, the more likely they are to score goals on a consistent basis.

The stats suggest that the side is also conceding far fewer goals, which has allowed Leeds to accumulate five points from a possible nine while Redfearn has been in temporary charge.

The clean sheet against Bolton appears to be something that Redfearn encouraged the back four to build upon.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has already stated that Redfearn won’t be getting the job on a permanent basis because of the positive work he’s already done with the club’s academy.

However, what Redfearn is doing is improving the situation to a point where he’ll leave the new boss with a positive situation and a side that’s confident at both ends of the pitch.

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