Five things we learned about Leeds United on Saturday

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A closer look at Leeds United's match against Watford.

Leeds United lost their second match in a week as they saw Watford come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Elland Road on Saturday.

Neil Redfearn’s side slipped back to 16th in the Championship table as a result and they have a lot of work to do to ensure they have a relatively relaxing end to the campaign.

Here are five things we learned from Leeds’ latest match:

Leeds need more players

Redfearn has made no secret of Leeds’ need for more players and that was evident against the Hornets.

Leeds have benefited from playing practically the same side week in, week out but that can only work for so long given the demands of England’s second tier.

Against Watford Leeds could not maintain their brilliant start and they were ultimately picked off, making it clear that more should have been done in January to sign players who would make the difference.

Fatigue is a factor

As alluded to above, Leeds’ players are clearly tired and that is no surprise considering the amount of football they have had to play.

While their youngsters have been brilliant for much of the campaign it is unfair to expect them to maintain their optimum form all season, and it is not just the youngsters.

Sol Bamba barely featured for parent-club Palermo and now he is faltering having played so much for Leeds in a short space of time.

Bill Sharp must start up front

Steve Morison obviously plays a role for Leeds but it is not the role of prolific goal-scorer.

Billy Sharp started against Watford and wasted little time getting on the score-sheet.

He must play regularly, in his natural position, and Leeds would benefit as a result, with Morison’s return of no goals in 16 appearances this season telling its own story.

Sam Byram didn’t deserve to be on the losing team

Sam Byram has blossomed since being pushed further up the field by Redfearn and against Watford he looked fantastic during Leeds' early spell.

The 21-year-old caused the visitors’ defence all sorts of problems and provided an assist that looked to have set his side up for another victory.

A much criticised player deserves credit

Rudy Austin is a footballer who divides opinion, but the Leeds midfielder impressed against Watford, scoring the second goal and looking like the player many know he can be.

There is no denying his class is only seen sporadically, but on Saturday he did his best to help his side to a win and he can hold his head high after a fine individual performance.

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