'A big plus' - Redfearn singles out Leeds star Sam Byram for praise despite loss

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Neil Redfearn felt Sam Byram was a positive from Leeds United's 1-0 loss at home to Fulham.

Leeds United's defeat to Fulham was one of the low points of their season so far.

A fortnight on from demolishing league leaders Derby at Elland Road, Neil Redfearn's side slipped to defeat to a team who entered the day below them in the table.

A number of key players failed to deliver big performances, but the head coach was impressed with one player in particular, defender Sam Byram.

He said: "Sam was a big plus, he in recent games has been a lot more like Sam Byram.

"He's been around the box, he's created things, he just needed that little bit of luck today."

Redfearn's point is well observed, for Byram made more successful passes in the final third than he has done in any game this season.

  MatchSuccessful Final Third PassesAccurate CrossesMins Played
Sam Byram Leeds vs Fulham 25 3 90
Sam Byram Leeds vs Blackpool 20 0 90
Sam Byram Leeds vs Brighton 17 0 90
Sam Byram Leeds vs Charlton 16 0 90
Sam Byram Blackburn vs Leeds 10 0 90

All five of the games in which Byram has made the most passes in the opposition third, have come under Redfearn's management - and the boss clearly knows how best to utilise a player he helped come through the club's academy.

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