Date: 22nd January 2017 at 5:30pm
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By Harvey Byrne

Former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn believes the Yorkshire giants will be disappointed after suffering a defeat against Barnsley in a match where they took an early lead.

Garry Monk’s outfit went 1-0 up in the first 20 minutes with a Chris Wood strike opening the scoring.

However, goals from Tom Bradshaw, Ryan Kent and Conor Hourihane saw the Tykes fight back at Oakwell and take a 3-1 lead.

The gap proved too much for Leeds and Wood’s 67th minute penalty proved a consolation as his side fell to a 3-2 loss.

The Whites were also without star centre-back Pontus Jansson for the clash due to a suspension and Redfearn believes the player’s unavailability played a part in Leeds’ defeat.

“Yeah, but it happens,” started Refearn speaking on TV Yorkshire’s official YouTube account. “They aren’t going to win every week and they’re not going to play well every week.

“I think perhaps the disappointment from Leeds’ point of view is going in front and then not having been able to raise their game enough to get a point, or get something out of the game, I think that’s where the disappointment will be.

“I thought Pontus Jansson was badly missed today.”

The defeat for Leeds has seen them drop down to fourth place in the league table, while also putting a nine point gap between themselves and the automatic promotion spots.

Seventh placed Derby also battled to a 3-2 victory over Reading on Saturday, meaning the points difference between Leeds and those outside of the play-offs has lessened.

However, in a short turnaround of fixtures in the English second tier they will be looking for a positive reaction against a currently managerless Nottingham Forest side at Elland Road on Wednesday evening.

The club will also be looking to welcome back star Jansson to their back four in midweek, who has now served his two-match suspension.

In other Leeds news, Monk has given an honest verdict on his team’s display after their weekend defeat.

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