Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn was left frustrated by the 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City yesterday.
Redfearn has reacted to the result by predominantly defending his players, suggesting that there are two areas from the performance that he was pleased with.
“It was not a dazzling performance but for an hour it was a good away performance. We limited them and we countered well,” said the boss.
Leeds have always been a side that work extremely hard and Redfearn encourages them to play basic football whether that’s in defence or attack.
Cardiff piled the pressure on yesterday and one of the positive signs from the first half is the way Leeds held out under that pressure before the floodgates opened in the second 45 minutes.
His second point about countering is also significant because it’s a common tactic for sides to counter attack away from home.
Leeds have a squad packed full of young, quick players who are well suited to making the most of space which is left around the pitch for them exploit and take advantage of.
Once the defence tightens up and Leeds can keep clean sheets away from home, that will give the side a better chance of being able to score important goals late in games on the counter, which could make the difference.
The pressure heading into the game against Charlton is huge because Leeds haven’t won a game since Redfearn was first in temporary charge of the side earlier in the season.
However, the dynamic and style of play against Charlton will be different because Leeds are at home and will be urged to play more expansive and attacking football by not only Redfearn, but the Elland Road support.