Leeds United: YEP Jurors give their derby verdicts

Alex Smithies denies a chance for Casper Sloth.
Alex Smithies denies a chance for Casper Sloth.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s home derby clash with Huddersfield Town

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds continued their impressive run with a comfortable 3-0 win over local rivals Huddersfield Town.

It looks like a fitting end to the caretaker Neil Redfearn’s tenure. Unbeaten in four games and transformed completely on the field.

It seems as if there will be a new deputy in town before the next game.

Whatever happens, Redfearn should feel immensely proud of his efforts. There is belief in the dressing room and in the stands. You certainly can turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse!

Leeds we’re definitely up for the game and Redfearn surprisingly changed things as he promoted Casper Sloth from the bench, swapping places with Billy Sharp, while Steve Morison was also among the subs.

Leeds were into their stride from the kick-off with Sloth and Antenucci nearly opening the scoring. The opening goal wasn’t long in coming, poor defending by Town only partially cleared a ball out of the box and it fell to Rudy Austin, who hit a fantastic strike past Alex Smithies.

Harry Bunn shot wildly over in one of the few chances the visitors created. Leeds got the second their domination deserved when, after a impressive build up, Bellusci’s chipped effort came back of bar and Antenucci made no mistake from the rebound.

A very impressive half from Leeds, for Town little was to be said of them as an attacking force. They were very poor in most areas of the field.

Huddersfield had to start the second half with more urgency and created a couple of chances but Marco Silvestri was not called upon. He was having a break from his recent impressive displays because to be honest the “Terriers” had little bite up front.

Leeds were in control and more chances were forthcoming. Doukara’s effort was brilliantly saved by Smithies, the Frenchman was not to be denied though as he latched on to a through ball from Austin to send a unstoppable shot past the Town keeper.

Gaetano Berardi was sent off from a second booking when he fouled Bunn.

It was a harsh decision in my view, so Sam Byram came on for the impressive Sloth.

Both Austin and Doukara were substituted and received a standing ovation from the Elland Road faithful.

In the last piece of action Marco Antenucci’s effort came back off a post after a fantastic run. This was without doubt the best display at home this season.

Darko Milanic looks like he has a impressive squad to work with and the effort of Redfearn should not be forgotten. Without doubt one day he will become Leeds United manager/coach. Thank you Neil.

Man of the match: Neil Redfearn.

STEPHEN CLARK

If Neil Redfearn’s caretaker spell has come to an end then he deserves the highest praise imaginable for setting Leeds United back on the right tracks.

Let there be no doubt that Leeds are on the way back. Despite spells of Huddersfield pressure, Marco Silvestri did not have a save to make in 90 minutes as the Whites produced a masterclass in counter-attacking football.

Pressing the ball in the right areas, moving the ball with pace and power and being clinical in their finishing, United scored three memorable goals without reply to send the Terriers home with their tails between their legs.

Bellusci’s 80-yard rampage up the Elland Road pitch, sublime chip off the crossbar and Mirco Antenucci’s finish on the rebound will live long in the memory and was the standout moment of a remarkable display.

Darko Milanic takes on a very different club to the one that was placed in the hands of Redfearn just four weeks ago. The side has been transformed and the fanbase revitalised by the work of the caretaker head coach. If the Slovenian does one thing in his first few weeks in charge, it is to ensure that Redders has a huge part to play in the development of this team. For the first time in what seems an age, Leeds United are genuinely exciting me. For that Redfearn deserves a huge amount of credit.

Man of the match: Rudy Austin.

MATTHEW EVANS

For the first time since United last played Huddersfield, the team went to town at Elland Road.

Leeds never looked in danger of losing and even played well in the first half – unheard of in recent games. Lewis Cook was superb again and Stephen Warnock hasn’t put a foot wrong all season. Antenucci and Doukara were fantastic together as Leeds made it look easy at times.

The game was really won in the heart of midfield. Bianchi put in a man-of-the-match performance but for the tireless running of Rudy Austin. The new players are gelling and look to be enjoying their football more and more with each game.

Man of the match: Rudy Austin.

GARY NEWBOULD

United produced by far and away their best performance of the season to seal West Yorkshire bragging rights as they comfortably swept aside Huddersfield Town. 3-0. Even the dismissal of Berardi could not dampen the enthusiasm from near 30,000 crowd.

Man the match: Mirco Antenucci.

JAMES HARRISON

Another fantastic result!

Neil Redfearn has done an amazing job; in David Hockaday’s reign there was a lot of worry about relegation but everybody is now looking up and the whole club is on a high.

We took all three goals extremely well with some top class finishes in there too.

It was about time one of Rudy Austin’s shots flew in and it was a terrific goal. I really hoped Giuseppi Bellusci’s effort for Mirco Antenucci’s goal went in because it was an unreal piece of skill but Antenucci showed good anticipation and finished the rebound well.

Souleymane Doukara also finished his in style to round off another good day.

Man of the match: Rudy Austin.

JONATHAN FORD

I said before the Bournemouth game we were playing great but patience was key, it was going to click one game, well that was the game! If we had won 8-0, as I predicted, it would have flattered them. We were outstanding. Austin had his best game, I just hope it continues!

Man of the match: Rudy Austin.

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