Redfearn praises former Leeds striker who was a 'handful' for Fulham

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has praised Matt Smith's performance for Fulham last night.

Neil Redfearn has praised former Leeds United striker Matt Smith on the club's official site after his performance for Fulham last night.

Smith may not have scored against Leeds, but he still managed to show his threat and Redfearn admitted that he was a 'handful' throughout the contest.

In the end the striker could not inspire his side to victory, but Redfearn still had some words of praise for the centre-forward he sold last summer after the match. 

"Big Matt Smith was a handful, he had two or three chances that he could have scored," he said. "Even at 3-0, they were still breaking down the sides and still getting balls into the box. But Marco [Silvestri] was making the saves and we got bodies in the box. When we went down the other end, we were ruthless."

The 3-0 scoreline may have been slightly flattering to Leeds, but they will argue that Fulham's profligacy was deservedly punished.

Although Smith may have been a threat throughout, he didn't take any of his chances and Ross McCormack, who also sold by Leeds last summer, had a similarly frustrating night. 

The two strikers would have been desperate to net against the Whites, to show them exactly what they are missing, but it wasn't to be and Neil Redfearn's men left Craven Cottage with a well-earned three points. 

It means that Fulham have been dragged into the thick of a relegation fight, with the London side now just six points away from the drop. 

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