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Leeds star struggles against Blackburn - reason for defeat?

Leeds United star Alex Mowatt did not reach his usual high standards in the team's 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers yesterday.

Alex Mowatt's rise to prominence under Neil Redfearn has been particularly impressive. 

The Leeds United youngster has said that the current Whites boss inspires confidence in him, and it has shown in his performances so far under his tutelage. 

Mowatt has scored three goals since Redfearn was placed in permanent charge last month and has been one of the club's best performers over recent weeks. 

However, yesterday, in the Yorkshire outfit's game against Blackburn Rovers, the youngster was not able to match his standards set over the season so far. 

Leeds lost to 10-man Blackburn thanks to a late penalty, and one of the reasons they were not able to capitalise on their numerical advantage is that Mowatt wasn't as effective as usual. 

  MatchKey passes per gameShots per gameTouches per gameTotal passes per gamePassing AccuracyTackles per gameInterceptions per gameDispossessed per gameMins Played
Alex Mowatt On Average 1.7 1.5 61.5 43.6 85.625% 1.4 1.7 1.1 891
Alex Mowatt vs Blackburn 1 2 55 40 80% 0 0 1 90

Although the 19-year-old did have more shots than he has averaged this season, largely because of the more advanced role that he has been given under Redfearn, he did not reach his usual high level.

Mowatt was considerably less accurate than usual with his passing; he received the ball less often from his teammates than he has come to expect and did not offer anything to the team defensively. 

It was part of the reason why Leeds were not able to hold on to their lead, after Souleymane Doukara put them in front, and Mowatt will know that he needs to be back to his best in the Whites' next fixture.

Redfearn's men are dangerously close to the relegation zone and with a tough run of games coming up, they will have to have all their key players perform to the maximum of their ability if they are to avoid slipping in to the bottom three. 

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