Leeds duo finally proving their worth to Readfearn after impressing against Reading

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Leeds United duo Luke Murphy and Casper Sloth proved their worth against Reading.

After a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Brentford last weekend, Leeds United bounced back by beating Reading 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Goals from Luke Murphy and Sam Byram helped Neil Redfearn's men to a vital three points, moving them five points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Redfearn now needs to use that win to generate some momentum, and two players impressed - finally proving their worth to the Whites.

Midfielders Murphy and Casper Sloth have been fringe players under Redfearn until recently, and the stats show just how impressive they were against Reading.

  PositionTacklesInterceptionsTotal PassesAccurate PassesTouchesMins Played
Luke Murphy MF 6 1 44 26 66 90
Casper Sloth MF 1 0 35 27 47 60

Starting with Murphy, the big criticism of the former Crewe man was that he was too passive and didn't impose himself on the game enough.

Yet against Reading, Murphy made six tackles, and got on the ball regularly with 66 touches. His passing was a little hit and miss, but fans will be delighted that he's now getting stuck in, making tackles and contributing defensively with one interception too.

Moving on to summer signing Sloth, he's rarely been used since Redfearn was appointed as permanent manager, and only featured against Reading because Tommaso Bianchi was taken off injured.

However, the Dane was excellent in possession, got on the ball frequently and completed more passes than Murphy despite nine fewer attempts.

The emergence of these two players should be a huge boost for Redfearn - but both have to keep up this level of performance in the coming weeks if they are to stay in the Leeds side.

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