Yorkshire latest: Powell wants revenge on Leeds; Redfearn on improvements in Whites squad

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Neil Redfearn backs this Leeds squad

Neil Redfearn believes that Leeds United's current squad is more balanced than it was last season. 

The Whites have been busy over the summer, bringing in a total of 15 players and the additions have made an impact, according to Redfearn.

“I’d say the squad’s more balanced now,” Redfearn said to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It’s got more legs in it, it’s more youthful and it’s got more scope for a coach.

“There are more facets for changing games and changing systems. It’s been a pleasure working with them.”

Chris Powell knows importance of Leeds match

Chris Powell says that he understands the importance of Huddersfield's match against Leeds, who his side face at the weekend.

The Terriers boss says that as soon as he was appointed people were talking to him about the game against Leeds and he is aiming to get revenge on the Whites, after they beat Huddersfield 5-1 last season.

“As soon as I came through the door here, people were telling me about the Leeds game and how important it is," Powell said to the Examiner.

“They also told me about what happened at Elland Road last season (when Town were beaten 5-1), so I know we have to try to make amends for that."

Gray hoping missed targets don't come back to haunt him

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray is hoping that his failure to land Simon Cox and Glenn Murray, who were both summer targets for the Owls, will not come back to haunt him.

The two strikers are at Reading, Wednesday's weekend opponents, following the Yorkshire side's failure to capture them and Gray is hoping that missing out on them will not prove costly. 

"Reading have Simon Cox up front, the boy who we tried to bring here, who has scored a few goals,” he said to the Yorkshire Post.

“You have to keep Simon quiet, keep him out of the box, because that’s where he comes alive, his reading of situations is good.

“They have Murray, from Crystal Palace, who we tried to get in but he went to Reading. Palace didn’t want to let him out, this was last season, when we put the call in."

Raynor happy with Rotherham performance against Bolton

Paul Raynor says that he is happy with the performance that Rotherham United put in during midweek against Bolton.

The Millers assistant may have seen his side lose 3-2 at the Reebok Stadium, but he was still fairly impressed with the side's performance.

"We created more chances away from home than we’ve done all season. That was positive," he said to the Star.

“I thought we played with a good tempo. Apart from the goals, I thought we looked solid defensively, especially in the first period.”

Clough backs Higdon to come good

Nigel Clough says that Sheffield United's summer recruit Michael Higdon will come good in time.

The striker scored on debut, on the opening day of the season, but has not hit the back of the net since and there are already questions about whether or not he is the right man to lead the line.

However, Clough has backed his striker to make an impression once he gets up to speed. 

“Michael is still working on his fitness and, like all strikers, he’ll thrive on confidence,” Clough said to the Star. “He’s had a few opportunities and, when one of them goes in, that will do him the world of good.”

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