Leeds United will be disappointed they didn't get the better of Charlton last night.
Leeds United’s search for a first win since the last time Neil Redfearn was in charge of the team goes on.
Leeds drew 2-2 with Charlton Athletic last night, which left Redfearn frustrated after the game at the nature of his side’s point although there were encouraging signs with a more free flowing and expansive attacking game.
“We were the better side by a street – we were the better side and we deserved the win,” said Redfearn after the game.
Here are five things we learned about Leeds United last night.
Defending a Lead
Leeds lost the lead twice last night after Alex Mowatt had put the side ahead with both of his goals. Leeds missed that little bit of leadership in the back four, which has been provided by Jason Pearce this season, who was suspended for the game.
That being said, Liam Cooper did a good job in Pearce’s absence with one of the highest accurate passing rates for the team as well as more aerial duels won and more clearances than any of his teammates over the 90 minutes.
Leeds had 18 shots on goal during the match but only managed to score two goals. That’s not a good enough conversion rate if Leeds want to start climbing the table and pulling away from danger, up towards the play-offs.
Needs more game time. The more he plays, the sharper he’ll become and if he can fine tune his attacking game, producing chances for teammates, and adding goals himself, in big games, then he can be a key figure heading into the winter.
There was real belief in the side last night in the way Redfearn encouraged them to play. What Redfearn has to guard against is the dip in morale which can accompany a good performance with a bad result, especially considering the run Leeds have been on.