By Harvey Byrne
Former Ipswich full-back and BBC Radio Suffolk pundit Mick Mills hailed the impact Liam Bridcutt had on his Leeds team in Saturday’s 1-1 draw.
The 27-year-old midfield enforcer started the match on the bench for Garry Monk’s team, but he was brought on at half time for young starlet Ronaldo Vieira in a tactical switch.
No goals were scored for either side after Bridcutt entered the pitch and Mills pointed out the way the summer signing quietened Ipswich down in the last 45 minutes.
“I think Bridcutt certainly improved Leeds in that deep-lying role and he enabled them to work the ball better between the thirds – he quietened us down,” told Mills to BBC Radio Suffolk,, as quoted by the BBC Leeds matchday blog (Saturday, 4.54pm)
“On chances, opportunities, scrambles, testing Rob Green – Town had the better ones. So on efforts at goal and creating danger, Town have definitely shaded it. But because Leeds had improved, they will feel, in general terms, that it’s a point for them to take back home.”
Bridcutt made the move to Leeds in the summer on a permanent deal after impressing on loan from Sunderland in the last campaign.
He has featured in 15 matches for the Yorkshire giants in the Championship this season and he has been integral to their high fifth placing in the league.
The midfielder will be looking to make his return to the starting line-up in next week’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday with the ultimate aim to get the side back into the top flight after suffering relegation in 2004.
With 13 matches left of the second tier campaign Leeds are certainly in a good place to end their wait for Premier League football as they sit seven points clear of seventh placed Norwich.
In other Leeds news, Garry Monk had this Twitter message to fans following the draw.