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Leeds United boss Redfearn explains Adryan omission, asked if he regrets it

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn feels the side did enough to win against Wigan without Adryan, who he left out.

Leeds United suffered a second successive home defeat as they lost to Wigan Athletic.

The Boxing Day loss leaves them in 20th place in the table, and they were without playmaker Adryan during the win for the Latics.

Head coach Neil Redfearn explained his absence as to having concerns over his fitness.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "To be fair, Adryan's one of these which has come from a different background and different type of football, he's done really really well, I just think he needed a rest.

"I think its caught up with him a bit. I saw it in the Fulham game, and again against Forest perhaps where he just ran out of legs a little bit so we give him a breather. It's important we don't burn these (players) out, obviously got to be mindful of that with the kids as well, but they seem to be going alright."

Adryan is not only adapting to a new league and culture, but he also missed pre-season with the club after joining towards the end of the transfer window.

He only played his first game in October, and has played 90 minutes only twice, so this omission was always coming at some stage given the rapid run of games over the festive period.

Asked if he regretted the decision in light of the loss, Redfearn suggested he would not be caught up on it as creating chances was not a problem for the club.

"If you look at it with hindsight in the cold light of day we had enough chances to win, and if we defend properly, we win - because no disrespet to Wigan, they didn't really do enough to beat us."

Unfortunately for Leeds, they did, winning 2-0.

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