LEEDS UNITED face opponents transformed in the shape of Steve Clarke’s Reading this evening.
That’s the view of Neil Redfearn, who is impressed with the job being done by former West Brom head coach Clarke at the Madejski Stadium.
The Scot was linked with the vacant post at United following the axeing of David Hockaday in late August and was the favourite at one stage, only to rule himself out of the running.
Clarke linked up with Reading in mid-December and is already making a significant impression in Berkshire, with the Royals having seen their colours lowered just once in nine matches since Christmas.
Redfearn said: “You can see Steve has installed some basic principles, but also given them some belief and they have picked up some results.
“I think they found it tough to begin with and they struggled initially, if you look at their form. But he has turned them around and got them playing and winning.
“It is like anything else, it is a tough division. Whoever you come against, you know you are going to be in a game.
“We know Reading is going to be a difficult proposition, but we have proved recently we can get results away from home.”