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Neil Redfearn must change his approach to substitutions for the benefit of Leeds' season

Leeds United's use of substitutes is not as effective as it should be.

When you consider what Neil Redfearn has done during his two spells in charge of Leeds United this season, criticising him may seem rather unfair. But there is one area where the Whites manager has to improve if he wants to ensure his side head in the right direction for the rest of this campaign.

When it comes to substitutions, the Leeds boss too often gets it wrong…or opts against making changes until it is too late.

The weekend match against Watford is the perfect example, with Leeds racing into a 2-0 lead and looking well on their way to another three points.

However, they flagged in the second period and Watford found themselves level with over an hour still to play.

With the Hornets in the ascendency, Leeds would have been wise to change things up but the first substitution did not come until the 74th minute – when Adryan replaced Rudy Austin – while Mirco Antenucci and Edgar Cani both arrived after Watford had taken the lead.

Leeds’ first-choice side were in fine form and when a team is playing well they deserve to continue to do so. But playing the same players week in, week out has led to some below par performances and Redfearn must be braver in his substitutions in the matches yet to come.

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