Leeds United v Wigan Atletic: Redfearn blames costly own goal

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Neil Redfearn thought his Leeds side were unlucky to lose to Wigan in a real six-pointer at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.

Neil Redfearn thought his Leeds side were unlucky to lose to Wigan in a real six-pointer at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn

Leeds dominated the majority of the clash at Elland Road, Billy Sharp’s effort that hit the bar the closest they came to scoring.

The home side fell behind to an own goal from Liam Cooper in the first half before James McClean secured a 2-0 win near the end.

“I thought we got in front of goal enough, we had enough of the general play, and we made all the running,” said Redfearn.

“The first goal is a mistake, and how many times have we said that after being in a good position?

“Obviously that gives Wigan a bit of impetus and something to defend, and to be fair they defended well.

“I think had we got it back to 1-1 we would have gone on to win the game.

“Their second goal is disappointing, you’ve still got to keep an eye on the back door.

“They get down the sides of us too easily, and it puts a false reflection on what actually happened.”

Redfearn also insisted he had no problem with Sharp’s reaction to being substituted, heading straight down the tunnel rather than taking his place on the bench.

“I’ve done it myself - I was far worse than Billy when I played, I was a nightmare,” Redfearn added.

“He wants to play, and I understand that.

“But for me looking at it from this side, it’s important he understands it’s a team game and sometimes you need to change it around to chase it.

“We just wanted to freshen it up, put a different perspective on it.

“I’ll speak to him about it, but I haven’t got a problem with it.”

SUPER SWEDES: Pontus Jansson celebrates his winning goal with fellow native countryman Pawel Cibicki, left, and Gaetano Berardi as delighted head coach Thomas Christiansen looks on. Picture by Simon Hulme.

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