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Pressing is Leeds' biggest improvement, say Gray and Redfearn

Elland Road Revie Stand

Neil Redfearn and Eddie Gray believe that the high pressing style was a big reason for Leeds' win over Derby.

After the turmoil surrounding the exits of Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic, the Leeds dugout appears to be in good hands with Neil Redfearn in charge.

Saturday's 2-0 win over league leaders Derby County showed what the Whites are capable of, with two goals from Mirco Antenucci handing them all three points.

Leeds fans were full of praise for the performance, citing the high tempo passing and energetic pressing of the ball as the key factor in their superb display.

After the game, Redfearn spoke to LUTV alongside Leeds legend Eddie Gray, and the conversation turned to Leeds' pressing of the ball in front of the Elland Road crowd.

"To me, we're playing in a more vibrant manner; good passing, getting at teams quick, closing them down quicker when they've got the ball," said Gray.

"Definitely, I think it's something that we've got to accept that it's got to be a given at Elland Road," admitted Redfearn. "We've got to put people under pressure, we've got to get the crowd behind us, because it's an intimidating place when it's like that. We talked about it through the week, we talked about it before the game and I thought the performance mirrored that."

This is one of the biggest improvements Leeds have made since Redfearn replaced Milanic a month ago. Under the Slovenian, Leeds were often passive and were happy to sit in a shell and try to frustrate opponents, but under Redfearn, it's totally different.

Instead, he wants to get in the face of the opposition, using the youth of players like Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook to great effect, and it worked against Derby.

Elland Road, with its 40,000 capacity and partisan fanbase, is a tough away game for anyone, and they clearly responded to the high pressing and energy of Saturday's performance - and that has to be the blueprint for success for Redfearn.

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