BBC pundit Steve Claridge explains why Leeds boss Neil Redfearn deserves credit

Neil Redfearn

BBC pundit Steve Claridge was full of praise for Leeds' display at Middlesbrough.

With their 1-0 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday, Leeds United made it five wins in the last six games, racking up a third clean sheet in a row.

It was another dogged display from Neil Redfearn's side, who made it three consecutive away wins with their victory at the Riverside Stadium, following on from other impressive wins at Huddersfield Town and Reading.

Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri was in fine form, keeping Middlesbrough at bay despite Aitor Karanka's men having 27 shots on goal over the course of the match.

During the BBC's weekly highlights programme The Football League Show, pundit Steve Claridge was full of praise for Leeds, and in particular manager Redfearn after watching the game against Boro.

"You've got to give them credit," said Claridge. "They're a club that, in all honesty, aren't going up, and aren't going down. Lots and lots of teams and lots of players at this stage of the season would've liked a comfortable ride home - but they haven't."

"They've dug in, they've shown the manager that they want to play for him, that they want to be professional, he's got his message across that 'no, we're not dropping our standards, we're going to keep going right until the very end'," he added.

Leeds lie 15 points off the play-offs and ten points clear of the relegation zone, so Claridge's assessment that they are neither going up nor down is a fair one.

Despite that, recent weeks have shown a number of improved displays from previously fringe players; Scott Wootton, Charlie Taylor and Luke Murphy, for example, showing that Redfearn really is driving his players on despite not having promotion or survival on the line.

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