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15 battles won; 13 clearances: Jason Pearce's performance in Leeds' 4-1 defeat

Leeds United skipper Jason Pearce could not prevent them from losing 4-1 to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Had defender Giuseppe Bellusci been fit and available for Leeds United on Saturday, things could have turned out differently.  But hindsight is a cruel bedfellow for football fans and in truth we will never know how the weekend encounter between Ipswich Town and Neil Redfearn's men would have played out with a different player alongside Liam Cooper.

As it was, Jason Pearce started in the heart of Leeds' defence, a man who has come in for criticism recently despite being the club's captain, and one whose presence was blamed, in part, and only by some, as a key factor in the 4-1 defeat.

So how did Pearce perform on Saturday?

While statistics only tell you so much, it is worth noting that Pearce lost only two of the 10 duels he took part in while he also won all but one of the eight aerial battles he was forced to contest.

Pearce also made three interceptions and 13 effective clearances but his passing accuracy of just 72 per cent is an area of concern.

  Passing AccuracyDuels LostAerials LostDuels WonAerials WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesFoulsMins Played
Jason Pearce 72% 2 1 8 7 3 13 1 90

Having defeated Championship leaders Derby County a week earlier, this match was a barometer to measure just how far Leeds have come under Redfearn.

The verdict?  They still have a very long way to go.  But while the manager's preferred centre-back pairing may now be Cooper and Bellusci, Leeds' captain still put a shift in, as he always will.

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