Neil Redfearn is keen to make amends to the heaviest defeat of his time as Leeds United boss, admitting a 4-1 hammering at Ipswich Town in December was “a real eye-opener.”
Redfearn’s side will meet Ipswich again at Elland Road tonight aiming to draw a line under back to back losses and avoid a repeat of the clubs’ pre-Christmas clash.
Two Daryl Murphy goals helped promotion contenders Ipswich fight back from an early Mirco Antenucci strike and ease to a dominant win at Portman Road.
Speaking ahead of this evening’s match, Redfearn said: “We probably learnt a bit about the division that day. Ipswich are a successful Championship side and they’ve got the facets to compete at this level.
“It was men and boys that day.
“Antenucci scored early doors but as the game wore on they ground us down. It was a real eye-opener to what this division is all about.”
Redfearn, however, defended his players after the recent losses to Brighton and Watford which have pushed them back into the bottom half of the table.
Leeds were on a run of five wins from six league games prior to their visit to Brighton last Tuesday.
“These players have performed remarkably well over the past couple of months and they know that,” Redfearn said.
“I’ve told them that in no uncertain terms.
“As much as you point things out when things go wrong, you’ve also got to tell them when things are right.”