Neil Redfearn's instant reaction to Leeds loss, attributes blame to four particular elements

Neil Redfearn

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has been attempting to explain his side's loss to Brighton.

Leeds United suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Brighton, unsuccessful in an attempt to win their fourth successive away game.

After a big win against Middlesbrough at the weekend, the energy was lacking and manager Neil Redfearn admitted his side were second best.

Speaking to LUTV after the loss, Redfearn picked out four particular elements which he felt contributed to the performance, including tiredness, and mistakes in defence, midfield, and not enough going forward.

He said: "I didn't think it was anything near like what we're about. People made bad decisions at times. We got caught running with the ball quite a few times through midfield.

"I don't think we defended well enough. I thought we got disjointed at the back.

"We didn't get round Morison quick enough, didn't support him enough, and it looked a jaded performance."

Striker Steve Morison went off with a knock on the hour mark, with new signing Edgar Cani coming on in his place. The Albanian was not able however to affect the result positively.

Leeds were forced into making a change in defence with Giuseppe Bellusci banned, meaning his partnership with Sol Bamba was disrupted, and captain Liam Pearce did not seem to strike up the same sort of rapport with the Ivorian.

It was a game which illustrated perhaps that new faces are needed on loan, particularly a winger, with Leeds also having to do without the injured Sam Byram.

Place in context, this is a bad performance, but Leeds do not have to panic. They are in 14th place in the Championship, and had won five of their previous six games leading into the game at the Amex.

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