Leeds United head coach comments on decision to drop Morison for Antenucci

Mirco Antenucci

Leeds boss said Mirco Antenucci put a shift in for the club and was impressed with the Italian.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has told LUTV he felt the time was right for Mirco Antenucci to start up front for the club.

The Italian led the line for the Whites for the first time in 2015, having previously had to make do with minutes off the bench or being played out wide.

Redfearn took the decision to drop Steve Morison who is yet to score a goal all season and was ineffective against Blackburn at the weekend.

Antenucci did not repay Redfearn with a goal but the head coach was more than impressed with his performance in the 4-3 loss away to Wolves.

He said: "Mirco came in, Morro had to have a breather, he's done that lone striking role now for a while, and we've got to look after him.

"I thought Mirco played well today, made some good touches, unlucky not to get in front of goal a couple of times with a neat bit of play, I thought he linked play quite well. He put a shift in for us."

Antenucci played 82 minutes, and frustratingly for him in his first game back leading the line, was not afforded the chance to get a single shot at goal.

He created one chance but was also dispossessed four times, more than any other Leeds player on the day. Whether he did enough to keep his place when Redfearn deems Morison fully fit next week remains to be seen.

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