Leeds United v Fulham: Redfearn bemoans lack of quality in final third

Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.
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LEEDS UNITED manager Neil Redfearn was left to bemoan a lack of cutting edge in the final third as his side frustratingly went down 1-0 to Fulham at Elland Road.

It was a day when it didn’t happen in the final third for Leeds, who suffered their second successive defeat following last weekend’s 4-1 loss at Ipswich.

Redfearn felt several of his players looked tired and he admits that he will consider freshening up his side ahead of the festive programme.

The only goal of the game arrived on the hour when Hugo Rodallega converted from close range.

On the result and performance, Redfearn, who admitted that he was unhappy that Rudy Austin pulled out just before kick-off with an ankle injury after he was named on the bench, said: “It is disappointing. I thought we lacked conviction like in previous home games, which have been good and we have looked dangerous in front of goal and had a cutting edge.

“But today, we huffed and puffed a bit, without having the quality to score.

“They rode theur luck a bit and defended well and got bodies in and we had an outstanding moment from (Alex) Mowatt’s header which was touched onto the bar. But for the amount of play we had in their final third, we needed more quality.”

Redfearn, who felt the performance of Sam Bryam was one of the main positives to take, added: “We looked a little bit anxious in the final third.

“We need to maybe look to freshen things up.

“One or two looked a bit jaded and ‘leggy’.”

Redfearn says the club medical staff will assess Stephen Warnock’s hamstring injury on Monday with the United captain substituted late on.

He added: “It’s his hamstring and might be a bit of tiredness as well. It is something we will assess on Monday.”

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