Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been reflecting on his side’s defeat to Cardiff City at the weekend.
It was the Englishman’s first game in charge of the Whites as the permanent boss, and it ended in defeat. Cardiff scored thrice in the second half at the Cardiff City Stadium to win the Championship clash 3-1.
On the face of it, it looked like a comfortable victory for the Bluebirds, but Redfearn has a different opinion.
‘I’m not a big man for stats if I’m honest because obviously the most important stat is the score, but I looked at the stats on Saturday and we had 53 per cent possession, they had 47’, Leeds’s official website quotes the 49-year-old as saying.
‘In a game that looked like they had won comfortably, they obviously hadn’t. They had something like 14 shots, we had 10. They had five on target, we had four.
‘But I think the biggest acid test of your weight of possession is that I think they had forced six corners and we had one. So they had obviously been in and around our final third more than we had been in and around their final third so that’s something that we’ve got to be mindful of.
‘We’ve got to be a little bit more positive in possession, we’ve got to play forward quicker. We’ve got to get up there and support quicker and make sides feel threatened’.
Redfearn has identified a key area that Leeds need to improve in against Charlton Athletic at Elland Road in the Championship tonight.
Stats suggest that the Whites have had more possession per game than Charlton, but it is the London club who have picked up more points and are ahead of them in the standings.
For Leeds to win tonight, they need to make better use of the possession and always push forward. With the fans behind them, the players will get the added impetus needed to win a competitive game for the first time since September.