Neil Redfearn gives verdict on Leeds draw, shares effect it will have on Sheffield Wednesday clash
By Will Butcher
Former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn believes that the team will be full of confidence ahead of their Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Leeds finally managed to record a Championship point after New Zealand captain Chris Wood scored a sublime overhead kick in the 92nd-minute to salvage a point for his side against Fulham.
Speaking on Radio Yorkshire after the 1-1 draw with the Cottagers, Redfearn claimed that Leeds will be tough to beat following the late equaliser.
“Chris Wood’s equaliser gives Leeds momentum,” Redfearn said on Radio Yorkshire. “Sheffield Wednesday will be looking over their shoulders because a late equaliser always gets your tails up.
“What you got tonight was a performance; we stuck at it. It was a really good game of football and credit to Leeds, they showed desire and stuck at it and ultimately it’s a deserved point.”
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The point saves Garry Monk’s blushes, and avoids three straight defeats in the league after they lost to rivals Birmingham City and QPR.
Redfearn, who became Leeds manager after the sacking of Darko Milanic during the 2014-15 season, was also delighted with the performance of centre-back pairing Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper.
“A special mention needs to go to the centre-backs,” he said. “Cooper and Bartley were superb at the back, they put their bodies on the line.”
Leeds move out of the relegation places with the point, and simultaneously denied Fulham from moving to the top of the league after they took the lead in the 77th minute through midfielder Tom Cairney.