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Neil Redfearn reveals the reason why Jason Pearce was dropped against Derby

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds sealed an impressive 2-0 win over Derby County today, but Neil Redfearn dropped club captain Jason Pearce to the bench.

Leeds United claimed their second win during Neil Redfearn's permanent stint in charge today, with two goals from Mirco Antenucci handing them all three points against league leaders Derby County.

Redfearn's men are now back up to 15th in the Championship table, and spirits are high around the club as the fans get right behind their new manager.

Despite clinching a fantastic three points, one of the big talking points from the game was over Redfearn's decision to drop club captain Jason Pearce to the substitutes bench.

Redfearn chose to start Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper in the heart of his defence, and it worked perfectly as the Whites kept a clean sheet against Derby.

Leaving the captain out is usually unheard of, but Redfearn addressed the issue after the game, suggesting that he wanted to use the balance of Bellusci and Cooper - a right footer and a left footer - in front of Marco Silvestri.

Leeds now travel to Ipswich Town next weekend, and whilst the tweets below from Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay show that Pearce will be back in at some point, it's hard to break up the partnership for a big away trip after such a great performance.

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