Neil Redfearn registered his first victory as permanent Leeds United head coach on Saturday.
The Whites put in a domineering display to defeat Championship bottom club Blackpool at Elland Road, rewarding Redfearn with his first three points as a full-time head coach.
Having been appointed following the dismissal of Darko Milanic last month, Redfearn has claimed more points from three games than Milanic achieved in the entirety of his 32 day, six-game spell, and the football being played has been a major improvement under the former academy coach.
The likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Liam Cooper have hit top form, whilst the 49-year-old has coaxed game-winning performances from Brazilian youngster Adryan. The passing move that led to Souleymane Doukara’s goal at the weekend highlighted the talents of the Whites squad, and fans will be keen to see their side continue the upturn in form when the Championship returns after the international break in a fortnight.
The players look willing to fight for the shirt once again, and club captain Jason Pearce, who has backed Redfearn to be a success at Elland Road, revealed that it is the ‘confidence’ brought to the club by Redfearn which has been the key factor in Leeds performing to the best of their abilities.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, 26-year-old Pearce said: “Neil has given us that confidence which was needed.
“To be honest, the training has been brilliant and really high-tempo and I think it showed in the game that we are training hard and getting our rewards.
“He is a good coach and hopefully he will stay for the long term.
“It is only the start, but hopefully we can go from strength to strength and move up that table.”
The confidence Redfearn has brought will have been boosted by the positive victory over Blackpool, and the squad are starting to show promotion winning form after a dispiriting run of eight games without a win.