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Leeds United’s Neil Redfearn: We have to pick ourselves up from Blackburn Rovers defeat

Neil Redfearn says that he and his Leeds United players will not let the defeat to Blackburn Rovers affect their preparations for next weekend’s clash against Derby County in the Championship.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has insisted that he will not allow the players to dwell on the defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

The Whites suffered a demolarising 2-1 loss to Rovers at Ewood Park in the Championship on Saturday to slip down to 16th in the standings, just two points above the relegation zone.

Almost 7000 Leeds fans travelled to Blackburn to cheer Redfearn and his players, and they seemed to get their due reward when the West Yorkshire outfit went ahead through Souleymane Doukara in the 33rd minute.

However, Blackburn stepped up their game in the second half and, despite ending the match with 10 men, Gary Bowyer’s team accomplished a 2-1 comeback win.

Jordan Rhodes took advantage of a defensive slip-up in the 71st minute to equalise for Rover,s before slotting home a controversial penalty two minutes from full time.

After the match, Redfearn made it clear that he will make sure that the Leeds players pick themselves up rightaway and start preparing for next weekend’s clash against Derby County at Elland Road.

“I won’t give them chance to get down and they are not allowed to get down because at the end of the day, they are in a privileged position and have got to pick themselves up and battle and fight and play good football against Derby and go and get a good result and that’s what we have got to do,” The Yorkshire Evening Post quotes the Englishman as saying.

Leeds do need to start working rightaway as Derby will be huge favourites to win next weekend’s match.

The Rams have been the best and most impressive team in the Championship so far this season and won yet again on Saturday, getting the better of Watford 2-1 away from home.

Under Redfearn Leeds have shown promising signs and they still do have a chance of making it to the playoffs, but they need to be consistent throughout the 90 minutes and be focused.

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