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Leeds United – Redfearn frustrated by home defeat

LEEDS V BRENTFORD 7/02/2015

Neil Redfearn admitted his frustration following the 1-0 defeat to Brentford, but felt that neither team deserved to take all three points.

Alex Pritchard’s second-half strike from close-range proved to be the difference at Elland Road, despite United coming close on a number of occasions and Brentford resisting a stoppage-time goalmouth scramble.

“I thought the performance was okay,” said Redfearn. “I don’t think they were sparkling and I thought it had 0-0 written all over it really. “We created enough chances but didn’t stick them in – they stuck their chance in. “We’re not going to play really well every week but we’re trying to make things better.

“I thought we looked solid enough. We looked compact and difficult to play against. “We were playing against a good side and I didn’t think there was anything in the game. “I don’t think either side deserved to win it.”

Redfearn made one change from last weekend’s win at Huddersfield – replacing Alex Mowatt with Billy Sharp – as Rodolph Austin lined up out on the left of a 4-4-1-1 formation. The head coach explained: “I like their wide players – Jota and Dallas – but we never gave them a kick today.

“To be fair, Rudy did a job out there on the left. He’s been a different class for us and offers a threat wherever he plays from. “But we’re looking for another option all the time to go with the four. “Billy got his goal and deserved his chance – we went with two up front today and took a chance.

“If you stick strikers in front of goal and play two up front, you expect to score. “We got in and around there enough times. We had one or two near misses – Coops had his chance with the header that went just wide of the post. “And their chances were similar, but they had clear-cut ones.”

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