Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds the precise element he wants to improve in the side’s defensive game.
Redfearn has done a great job since he came into the club as manager last year and he’s constantly stressing the need for all areas of his team to be consistent and to show improvement.
The defence underperformed against Blackpool last weekend, but he’s highlighted the area he may well be working on in training over the international break.
“It’s important that we don’t let balls bounce at the back and that we come and meet things full and that we get the midfield facing the right way and get good balls into the right areas,” said Redfearn.
Not allowing the ball to bounce is a basic skill for any back four, because it reduces the number of complications and dangers.
Allowing the ball to run on gives any attacker the chance to muscle up against a defender, looking to brush him away and get to possession first.
Fortunately for Leeds, the side have one or two players who are well suited to being physical and dominating in the air.
Liam Cooper is a good example of a player who can be difficult to get the better of in an aerial sense and he should be looking to lead by example across the backline.
Switching defence into attack quickly is also important for Leeds over the rest of the season and that means smart balls into the gifted young and creative players in the team’s midfield.
Redfearn is fine tuning and hopefully it will show in Leeds’ performances when the action returns after the break.