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Neil Redfearn reflects on Leeds United’s defeat to Cardiff City in Championship

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn was pleased with the performance of Chris Dawson and Alex Mowatt against Cardiff City, but he was understandably disappointed with the defeat in the Championship clash on Saturday.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been reflecting on his side’s defeat to Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday.

It was the Englishman’s first game in charge of the West Yorkshire outfit as the full-time manager, but it ended in a 3-1 loss at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Whites’ first-half performance was encouraging enough as they stopped Cardiff from scoring, but they failed to maintain that level in the second period and conceded three goals.

It was an overall disappointing display from Leeds and Redfearn admitted as much. However, the 49-year-old highlighted two players with whom he was impressed.

'I thought the changes worked, little Dawson came on and made a difference, Mowatt took his goal really well', Leeds's official website quotes him as saying. 'At 2-1, we looked like we were going to do something but obviously the third goal is a mix-up.

'The result and the manner of the goals is the most disappointing thing. They were struggling at that time when the game was quite stretched, we were having little pockets of play and regaining possession quite quickly and easily to get around their box.

'We created one or two half chances, one or two little glimpses of things, but you’ve got to keep the back door shut. That’s the bottom line'.

Chris Dawson came on for Steve Morison in the 69th minute, while Casper Sloth replaced Tommaso Bianchi in the 76th minute. Sam Byram was brought on in place of Gaetano Berardi in the 85th minute.

Midfielder Dawson, 20, did his best, while 19-year-old Mowatt had a decent game and scored a really good goal.

One can look at the defeat to Cardiff and find a number of positives, but the truth of the matter is that Leeds lost and conceded three goals.

Redfearn has a lot of work to do.

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