Yorkshire latest: Redfearn praises Liam Cooper

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Redfearn praises Cooper

Neil Redfearn says that Leeds United defender Liam Cooper fully deserved the opportunity to captain the side against Sunderland.

Cooper, who only arrived at Elland Road this summer from Chesterfield, was handed the armband for the FA Cup tie and Redfearn was impressed with the way he handled the responsibility. 

”I think Coops is maturing as a player and a natural leader," Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I think you can see that on the pitch and he took to the mantle well. He led from the back and was far more vocal and took to it. I thought it helped him.

“It is a great honour to captain any side. But to captain Leeds United is a tremendous accolade and he deserved it.”

Gray happy to tinker

Stuart Gray is happy to select his Sheffield Wednesday team on a game by game basis.

The Owls boss knows that his method won't win him many plaudits from the players he leaves out, but Gray insists he only picks the team he thinks is best suited to beating Wednesday's opposition. 

"Sometimes I’m going to upset people but, more often than not, it’s players that play themselves out of the team by their own performances," he said to the Sheffield Star. “I’ve said to the players I will pick a team which I think is going to get a result for Sheffield Wednesday."

Campbell-Ryce on defining month

Sheffield United winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce insists that the next month will be crucial to their hopes of making it into the top two spots in League One.

The Blades went into the season as one of the favourites to be promoted and Campbell-Ryce feels that they will have a better idea of if they can meet their lofty expectations by February. 

“The next month to six weeks will define our automatic promotion hopes," he said to the Sheffield Star. "There’s no doubt about that at all."

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