Redfearn's reaction to Leeds star Sharp's petulant action upon substitution

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Leeds boss Neil Redfearn gives his verdict on Billy Sharp.

Leeds star Billy Sharp kicked a water bottle in frustration at being substituted during the 2-0 home defeat to Wigan.

The striker was making his second successive start after a long spell out of the side, but again failed to score from open play.

Perhaps knowing this was an opportunity missed to further stake a claim for himself he was visibly annoyed at being hauled off, but his boss is not going to hold it against him.

Head coach Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds: "He's disappointed, he wants to stay on.

"He didn't do enough first half, I thought he didn't get involved much, the second half he got better to be fair, but I felt a change (was needed).

"We're trying to get ourselves back in the game, an equaliser and a result, some freshness coming off the bench, a different dimension in Doukara, its no slant on anybody.

"I don't mind players being disappointed. I'd be disappointed if he weren't disappointed."

Two games is not really enough to judge Sharp, but Doukara had not done too much wrong to really warrant being dropped, building up a decent partnership with Mirco Antenucci and Adryan in behind.

A key decision awaits Redfearn for the away trip to Derby County, and if he does axe Sharp, the former Southampton star will feel 'slanted', no matter what his boss says in response to him being taken off.

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