The issue Neil Redfearn must work on in Leeds training this week

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn needs to work with his goalkeeper and defenders in training this week.

With Leeds United 2-0 up against Watford over the weekend, everything seemed perfect for Neil Redfearn to enjoy a good result after disappointment at Brighton last weekend.

However, the defence folded and the Hornets fought their way back into the game, eventually getting in front and defending their position at Elland Road.

Why exactly the defence fell apart is something that Redfearn will be examining ahead of the home game against Ipswich Town.

A lack of communication seemed to be evident between Marco Silvestri and his centre backs and that should be the main issue that Redfearn is working on around the training ground over the next couple of days.

Communication is everything for a goalkeeper and his defence, because it makes the job of the shot stopper and the two centre backs easier.

If they each know when they’re expected to deal with the danger defensively, it eradicates any notion of confusion or doubt over who is responsible in which situation.

Any defence which looks confused or unsure of themselves presents an opportunity to the opposition to take advantage of that in the same way that Watford did over the weekend.

There was too much space between Silvestri and his centre backs against Watford and that was space, which one of the freest scoring attacking sides in the Championship took full advantage of.

Redfearn is not an experienced goalkeeping coach, but he is superb in terms of man management.

He can allow the ‘keeping coaches to go about their business, stepping in to speak with Silvestri and defenders Liam Cooper and Sol Bamba over the next couple of days.

The ‘keeper is vital in terms of letting his defenders know what he can see developing in front of them. If the communication improves, the defensive unit will improve and that will improve the team’s chances of keeping clean sheets.

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