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Neil Redfearn explains how Jason Pearce is setting an example from the bench

The Leeds boss is delighted with the spirit shown by his squad - and the centre-back in particular.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has hailed his squad's spirit after the 1-1 draw at Bolton on Saturday afternoon.

And he singled out sidelined centre-back Jason Pearce as the perfect example - despite the defender not featuring for the side.

Pearce was on the bench against Bolton Wanderers but was nevertheless involved from the dugout, encouraging his team-mates as they battled to an admirable point at the Reebok Stadium.

Leeds may well have left Bolton with more had they taken their chances but Redfearn was keen to emphasise the positives.

"They’ve stuck by one another. Even at the end, we had Jason Pearce cheering his mates on, encouraging them," the 49-year-old told reporters, as quoted as saying by Leeds' official website.

"It’s great. He’s not in the side and he wants to get back in - but he does it right. They’ve been like that all the way through the season and I think they’ve got to take great credit for that."

Leeds remain outside the Championship relegation zone after the 1-1 draw but are living dangerously, sitting 21st and only two points above the drop zone.

The Bolton stalemate did, however, end a run of three straight defeats in all competitions, although the Yorkshire side are now seven games without a win - a run that means they haven't won since November.

Next up for Leeds is a home clash against Birmingham City.

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