Leeds United boss praises Mirco Antenucci's hard work in training as he makes it 2 in 2

The Italian scored the equaliser against Blackpool this afternoon.

Leeds United battled to a hard fought draw against Blackpool this afternoon, on a pitch barely passable for Sunday League football.

The game finished 1-1 in the end with Mirco Antenucci cancelling out an opener from Gary Madine for Blackpool.

Leeds struggled to adapt to playing on a poor surface and in the end it was the proactive management of Neil Redfearn that changed the game – with the introduction of Antenucci and Steve Morison changing things.

For Antenucci it was yet another great performance and after the game Redfearn had big praise for the player, as reported on the Leeds Audioboom site:

“What he is doing is he is talking on the pitch and that’s what we want. To be fair to the lad he has worked hard in training. He has bided his time. He has kept his council. You know, he has played well when he has come on.

“He’s playing himself back into the side which we asked him to do.”

It was Antenucci’s tenth goal of the season, making him the first player to hit double figures for the club this season but he must have thought that moment would never come.

He has been out of the first-team picture recently under Redfearn as he went another direction with the team.

Billy Sharp and Morison have been ahead in the pecking order but this goal was Antenucci’s second in as many games and perhaps some time out of the team, after going the previous 14 games without a goal, is just what he needed to reboot and get back to his best.

Leeds will certainly benefit from having the goalscoring Italian back to his best.

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