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Five things we learned about Leeds United from the defeat at Cardiff

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Leeds United's defeat at Cardiff City raised a number of talking points.

Leeds United fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Cardiff City in Neil Redfearn’s first game in his second spell in charge of the first team this season.

Leeds are now under massive pressure heading into the game against Charlton on Tuesday, as they look for points that will help drag them up the Championship table towards the play-off places.

Here are five things we learned from the match yesterday.

Defence Aerially

Leeds look vulnerable when sides try and hit them over the top or in the air from set pieces. The absence of Jason Pearce against Charlton is going to be huge because he’s been one of the most effective players for the side in terms of providing strength in the air.

Belief

There’s very little belief in the side at the moment, which is something Redfearn has to try and change. Heads dropped during the match yesterday, which made it difficult for Leeds to claw themselves back into the game after they went two goals down.

Dawson

Chris Dawson only had 20 minutes on the pitch but he showed a few good touches, which suggest that he can settle and play effectively at Championship level. He’s also evidence of Redfearn’s continuing policy of using younger players in his first team and giving them a chance to impress.

Bellusci

Bellusci has looked vulnerable in the last three games and could be blamed for all three of Cardiff’s goals yesterday. For Leeds to start keeping clean sheets, Redfearn could choose to put Liam Cooper alongside Jason Pearce, when the captain returns as he’ll miss this Tuesday.

Sharp

Perhaps it’s time for Sharp to be given a run of games up front. His precise finishing and experience in the Championship could make the difference in tight games once the Leeds back four starts to learn about how to keep clean sheets consistently.

Improvements are needed looking ahead to the game against Charlton.

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