Five defensive improvements Leeds need to make this weekend

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Leeds United need to tighten up defensively after they conceded four goals against Ipswich.

When Leeds take on Fulham this weekend, one of the areas, which has to improve is the defence.

The side were split open against Ipswich Town last weekend and it’s important they tighten up, keep a clean sheet and build confidence heading towards Christmas.

Leeds have conceded 30 goals, which is more than two of the teams currently sitting in the bottom three of the Championship.

Here are five things which need to change in the defence this weekend.

Concentration

Redfearn would have been stressing all week that it’s important for Leeds’ defenders to maintain their concentration levels. Fulham have the attacking players who can take full advantage if anyone takes their eye off the ball and leaves too much space.

Discipline

The full-backs need to stay disciplined as does the defensive line. Redfearn has already stressed that Leeds’ width comes from the full-backs but they can’t fly forward jeopardising the integrity of the backline. The centre-backs also need to be disciplined to ensure the defensive line is in the correct position.

Simple

Simple defending is the way forward. The ball needs to go out of play in dangerous situations, rather than Leeds trying to play football inside their own penalty area. Effective clearances, simple passes forward and basic strength in the air are all qualities the defence needs to show.

Jason Pearce

Pearce needs to step up and show why he was given the captain’s armband in the first place. It’s his responsibility to ensure that the structure of the defence stays strong and he should be determined that the side keeps a clean sheet.

First half an hour

One of the first things Redfearn said after the game against Ipswich was that his team can’t give sides a head start. It’s important that the first 30 minutes against Fulham are solid, with no mistakes that allow Fulham to nudge ahead in the game.

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