Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has explained to the Yorkshire Evening Post how Neil Redfearn react to his side losing after building a 2-0 lead in the game against Watford last weekend.
Cooper has confirmed that Redfearn kept his cool, when few would have blamed him for going mad at the way his side defended and broke down in midfield, which allowed the Hornets to come back into the game.
“Neil wasn’t angry. It’s not a time to get angry. He just wants up to get our heads up and looking at the next game,” said Cooper.
“He was disappointed, mistakes cost us and he made his point clear. We’ve got to accept that and move on.”
Redfearn’s cool and calm approach is significant considering the number of younger players currently in the Leeds squad.
On the one hand, he could have ripped into them and really criticised the team for the way they imploded.
The risk in that approach is that it could affect the younger players mentally and they could go into the game against Ipswich terrified of making a mistake and as a result, the side could tense up.
On the other hand, it’s important he stresses the positives and the things the side did well against Watford to keep everyone motivated looking ahead to the next game.
A soft warning could be just as effective and make the players even more determined not to make the mistakes in upcoming important games.
That seems to be the approach Redfearn took and hopefully when Mick McCarthy’s team head to Elland Road, Leeds will be on top of their game and looking to react well.