Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds where he thinks the fortunes of his team changed this season.
Redfearn has had Leeds playing some brilliant football over the second half of the season, dragging the side up the table and away from the danger of a relegation scrap and he suggests it’s all been down to a change in formation.
“The game at Derby, when we got beat 2-0 at Derby. I think the diamond system had perhaps run its course,” said Redfearn.
“It was important then that we found another way of playing - the FA Cup game at Sunderland is where we played differently and went with a 4-2-3-1 system.”
“It worked for us and had balance about it and a feel about it - that was the skeleton and the structure of it.”
The old diamond system placed tremendous strain on the full-backs because they were the players under pressure to get forward and create the width on either side.
Redfearn has given his midfield man greater levels of freedom and licence, which has helped them take pressure off of the full-backs as well as each other.
He realised something wasn’t working and he readjusted things quickly and found a method and a way for the side to get results.
Why Redfearn chose the Sunderland match to experiment with the new system, an FA Cup game, could be down to the fact that his team had nothing to lose in that fixture.
Redfearn needs to show the same levels of balance and consistency across all areas when he’s forced to reinvent the side all over again at some point in the future.
If he does that well then Leeds have a good chance of being able to compete for promotion next season.