Neil Redfearn raves about three 'outstanding' Leeds United stars, and tactical shift

Neil Redfearn

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn was impressed with his midfield trio against Ipswich.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has praised his midfield trio after an impressive win over Ipswich Town.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Redfearn said that he felt the three players he selected in the middle were the key to victory over Mick McCarthy's promotion chasers.

Leeds won the game 2-1 at Elland Road, with Marco Silvestri saving a late penalty.

He said: "We bossed it in midfield. I thought Murphy, Cook and Mowatt were absolutely outstanding."

Redfearn reserved special praise for goalscorer Alex Mowatt, who netted another free-kick, and explained that a shift in tactics had helped get the best out of him.

Mowatt started centrally rather than out wide, in place of Rodolph Austin who is out injured, with the boss explaining he was pleased at how the youngster was able to exploit the gaps between the opposition midfield and defence.

He added: "We got him on the ball a lot, behind the midfield, and he caused them a real problem. He's got great feet, he's really growing to this division, and his goal was out of the top drawer.

"There's a fight for free-kicks in training. We've got one or two of them who are not bad, but if he keeps taking them like that he's got to be on them all." 

  TeamPassing AccuracyWon TacklesInterceptionsKey PassesShots on TargetMins Played
Alex Mowatt Leeds 80% 1 1 2 1 90
Lewis Cook Leeds 61% 0 3 2 1 90
Luke Murphy Leeds 57% 7 0 1 1 90

Mowatt completed 80 per cent of his passes, a higher rate than Cook or Murphy, with the latter recording an impressive seven tackles. Cook made more interceptions than any midfielder or attacker in the Leeds side.

The trio also created five goalscoring chances between them, and with an in form striker like Billy Sharp up front, that is the sort of service which they need to keep up.

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