Neil Redfearn believes Leeds United’s style of football is tailor-made for promotion from the Championship, saying: “It’s the way out of this division.”
Redfearn made optimistic noises about a play-off bid next season after Leeds moved back into the top half of the table with a 3-0 win at Fulham on Wednesday.
The Elland Road club have averaged two points a game in the second half of this season but lie 12th in the division, paying the price for inconsistent form before and around the fabled Christmas period.
Redfearn was part of a number of promotion-winning squads during his playing career, climbing up from England’s second tier with Barnsley, Oldham Athletic and Crystal Palace, and he said past experience had shown him how effective United’s current style could be.
“We’re difficult to play against and we make it horrible,” Redfearn said. “That’s the way out of this division.
“I’ve been promoted out of this division (as a player) and I’ve never been relegated out of it. I know my way out of it and this is what sides who’ve been successful have done to go up.”
Leeds came through a difficult night at Fulham by surviving Fulham’s 27 shots on goal and recording a third successive clean sheet.