Redfearn criticises Silvestri for the very thing he praised him for three weeks ago

Neil Redfearn

The Leeds boss took issue with his back four and goalkeeper after the Yorkshire side lost 2-1 to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn was unhappy with Marco Silvestri after the Yorkshire side's 2-1 loss to Cardiff on Saturday, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

An irate Redfearn spoke a few home truths about his back four and goalkeeper - none of them harsh or unfair but perhaps something the Leeds boss has been wanting to say for a while and couldn't hold in anymore after a run of three straight defeats.

"We were all at sea. We just didn't defend well," the 49-year-old said.

"I thought the goalkeeper needed to command his box more. If it was me in goal today, I would have just got my back four up the pitch and made them defend."

Just three weeks ago, Redfearn defended Silvestri against questions of his lack of command in the area, suggesting he is becoming more authoritative despite this weak part of his game continually being pointed out.

He said: "He just looks to have more presence and is more commanding. He's part of a young side that are really growing into themselves."

It could just be a case of a bad day at the office for the Leeds star, who has been just that this season: a star.

But questions aimed at Silvestri needing to be more commanding have not desisted and now Redfearn himself has added his name to the list of those calling for him to improve in that area.

How the Italian could do with a good, stable summer to work on his all-round game and get to know his back four better as a unit. Will anyone at Leeds be afforded such a luxury, though, the way things are going off the field of play?

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