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Neil Redfearn comments on Leeds United result

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds is tackled by Bradley Johnson of Derby during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds,...

Leeds United drew 0-0 with Preston North End yesterday.

Neil Redfearn has told TV Yorkshire that Leeds United duo Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski were targeted by a physical Preston North End yesterday.

Preston held the Whites to a frustrating 0-0 draw as Leeds failed to break down their 10-man opponents, who had Ben Pearson sent off with half-an-hour to go.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds is tackled by Bradley Johnson of Derby during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds,...

It was something of a damp squib for United who had 32,000 fans in attendance but the hosts struggled to give them much to shout about in a game of few chances.

Chris Wood and Alioski both spurned good opportunities in an otherwise dull affair in regards to goal-mouth action, and former Leeds boss Redfearn believes that the Macedonia international and Hernandez were intentionally targeted to blunt United's attacking quality.

He told TV Yorkshire: "I think Preston came to put Leeds to the sword. You could see that. They were quite physical with Leeds, particularly Alioski and Hernandez, the players who they thought would unlock the door.

"The referee was quite lenient at times with some of the tackling, but it's part of the game. It's a physical game and you've got to be able to cope with that."

Thomas Christiansen's side have the chance to atone for this missed opportunity on Tuesday when they host Fulham at Elland Road.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United shoots as Marlon Pack of Bristol City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on September 27,...

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