Leeds United 1 Bolton Wanderers 0: Phil Hay’s big match analysis

Neil Redfearn congratulates Lewis Cook at full time.' PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Neil Redfearn congratulates Lewis Cook at full time.' PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Phil Hay casts his eye over Leeds Unikted’s 1-0 win against Bolton Wanderers.

GOOD DAY

Neil Redfearn. His previous spells as caretaker have not been plain-sailing but he took risks with his team selection and trusted in players who David Hockaday seemed reluctant to use. Yes, Silvestri was the key to the victory, but kudos to Redfearn for getting United’s act together so quickly.

BAD DAY

Jermaine Beckford. Beckford had a nightmare during his short spell on the pitch. Angered his own fans by playing games with the South Stand and missed a sitter of a header in injury-time. The drama of 2010 seems so long ago.

KEY MOMENT

Beckford’s late header. A Bolton goal was coming for so much of the second half and Beckford should have snatched it at the death. Silvestri was in his way and dealt brilliantly with the chaotic scramble that followed. It was one of those strange days when Leeds earned their win but Bolton deserved a point.

KEY QUOTES

Neil Redfearn. “In the first half we played some great staff. With 20 minutes to go we were hanging on which is a little bit disappointing. In the context of the game and with the type of football we were playing, we didn’t need to be. I don’t think we panicked, we just lost our way a little bit. But it’s an important win.”

Dougie Freedman. “We’re scratching our heads as to how we didn’t win the game. They’ve had one moment and one mistake has cost us a goal. We rallied and gave it a real good go after that.”

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