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Redfearn explains Morison selection decision, tried targeting Nottingham Forest weakness

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Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has been explaining his decision to pick Steve Morison on the wing against Nottingham Forest.

Leeds forward Steve Morison continued his run of two years without a goal for the club at the weekend, and never looked close to ending that unwanted run.

He didn't muster a shot on target, but this was in part due to the fact he was played out wide rather than up front, and it is a selection decision head coach Neil Redfearn has explained, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.

Redfearn was backed into the choice in part due to Sam Byram being unavailable through injury, but felt Forest had a genuine weakness which Morison could expose.

He said: "Steve's done a great job for us in recent weeks. He's not an out and out winger obviously, but he gives us an option to go out there.

"With Charlie Taylor on the left getting a good ball in, he's coming in on the back stick and it's dangerous, in part on Lichaj at left-back who's only 5'10, so we're using what we've got with what we've got."

Redfearn has made no secret that he has wanted to sign new wingers on loan, but the powers that be at the club have not backed up his wishes.

Instead he is having to make do with his left-back playing at left-wing crossing the ball to his target man centre-forward playing on the right. It's far from ideal, and little surprise the game ended 0-0.

With the game ending goalless, Redfearn's plan didn't pan out, while Morison won four aerial duels to Lichaj's two. What is encouraging is that there is some logic and thought process towards playing the striker out wide, rather than just sticking him there aimlessly, but if there were other viable options, Morison surely would not have been one.

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