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Leeds' Adryan substitution criticised by former star, says it cost them

David Prutton has criticised Leeds United's late substitution against Watford.

Neil Redfearn's late substitutions against Watford have been criticised, with David Prutton arguing the way Adryan was brought on played a part in losing them the game.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Prutton said that the midfielder lacked the physical presence with Rodolph Austin had, and the more attacking switch played into Watford's hands in the 3-2 win.

The substitution was made in the 74th minute with the score at 2-2, with Matej Vydra scoring the winner in the 81st.

Prutton said: "He's been brought on as a positive change to try and get something out of the game, but someone of the stature of Austin (ought) to be there, may be drop him back into midfield to accommodate someone like him (Adryan).

"Abdi was getting so much space between the back four that's what really changed the game for them."

Reason and philosophy

Having seen a two goal lead slip, Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn was clearly determined to get back in front and win the game.

While this may have been naive considering Watford were on the ascendancy, the desire to win can't be overly criticised when playing at home in front of a packed Elland Road.

Redfearn also later revealed on Leeds' official website on Monday that the first half goalscorer had picked up a knock and had to be taken off.


Taking off Austin was clearly therefore necessary, but the point that Adryan being his replacement was not a help to Leeds was perhaps fair comment.

However the options to replace him were limited. Perhaps a more like for like, and disciplined replacement would have been Casper Sloth, but the Dane did not impress against Brighton and Adryan has been waiting for weeks for another chance.

The Brazilian didn't really do anything wrong, or contribute much of note either, but had loan star Granddi Ngoyi been available and fit, its possible Redfearn would have brought him on instead to close the game out, rather than having to pick an attacking option almost by default as there were no holding midfield players available on the bench.

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