These comments of Neil Redfearn highlight his importance to Leeds United’s future

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn explains what impressed him the most about his players’ performance against Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Saturday.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been singing the praises of his players’ performance against Wigan Athletic on the club’s official website.

The Whites made it two wins out of two in the Championship on Saturday, when they got the better of Wigan 1-0 away from home.

Alex Mowatt’s stunning strike six minutes into the second half at the DW Stadium proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Redfearn was understandably pleased with the three points and highlighted what made the result so special for Leeds.

“They’re playing for the badge - you can see that - and they’re playing for one another,” the Englishman told Leeds’s official website. "There’s a real good spirit about us. They’re finding their feet now.”

Leeds have won seven of their last 10 Championship games, with five of their victories also involving clean sheets.

This is remarkable progress for a team who were dangerously close to the relegation zone in January.

What is also interesting to note is Redfearn’s use of the phrase “playing for the badge”. It is a clear indication that under him, the players know what it means to play for Leeds.

Despite not featuring in the Premier League since 2004, Leeds are one of the biggest clubs of England and have a huge fanbase.

For players who are new to Leeds or will move to the club in the future, the presence of someone like Redfearn will be of huge importance.

The 49-year-old has been at the West Yorkshire outfit for a number of years and knows what it means to be associated with them.

For Leeds to progress in the future and move back to the Premier League, Redfearn will be of paramount importance.

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