Red­fearn joy at Leeds lift-off

The Football League Paper - - GOOD BAD & UGLY: GLEN LITTLE - By Colin Hen­rys

LEEDS’ res­ur­rec­tion un­der Neil Red­fearn con­tin­ued as York­shire ri­vals Hud­der­s­field were put to the sword at El­land Road – but the care­taker boss ad­mit­ted he does not know when a per­ma­nent man­ager will be in place.

Rodolph Austin, Mirco An­tenucci and Souley­mane Doukara all scored for Leeds – who later saw Gae­tano Ber­ardi sent off – to make it three wins in four games un­der Red­fearn.

And he says that, what­ever the fu­ture holds, he has taken great pride from the club’s re­cent up­turn in for­tunes.

“I haven’t been told any­thing yet,” he said.“I had 20 min­utes with Mas­simo (Cellino) be­fore the game, but the con­ver­sa­tion was only about the game.

“What­ever will hap­pen, will hap­pen. I’ve en­joyed my­self, I haven’t done my­self any harm, there’s no two ways about it.The club is in a much bet­ter po­si­tion.

“I thought we were ex­cel- lent. It was a real mea­sured per­for­mance. We passed the ball well and we re­ally com­peted with Hud­der­s­field.

“The play­ers have got more and more belief. We’ve rid­den our luck but we’ve earned it be­cause we’ve done the hor­ri­ble bits well.

“I don’t see why we can’t chal­lenge up the ta­ble. The good thing about the squad is it’s young and we’re only go­ing to get bet­ter and bet­ter.”

Austin’s thun­der­ous strike put Leeds in front, his blis­ter­ing 18yard ef­fort giv­ing Alex Smithies no hope after An­tenucci had caught Joel Lynch in pos­ses­sion.

Town looked to hit back im­me­di­ately but Harry Bunn’s am­bi­tious long-range drive sail­ing harm­lessly over.

Top scorer Nahki Wells then had the chance to level but his 22-yard free-kick de­flected just over off team­mate Jonathan Hogg.

An­tenucci dou­bled the lead in first-half stop­page time, though, play­ing in Giuseppe Bel­lusci and, when the de­fender’s lob hit the bar, fol­low­ing in to score.

Doukara added the third on 69 min­utes, run­ning on to Austin’s through ball be­fore cut­ting inside Mark Hud­son and coolly slot­ting into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The only sour note was Ber­ardi’s send­ing off, with the full-back re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low for a foul on Bunn on 73 min­utes.

With a man ad­van­tage, sub­sti­tute Jon Stead should have scored a con­so­la­tion for Hud­der­s­field on but shot well over from close range when un­marked.

Leeds nearly made it four to com­pound the mis­ery on 86 min­utes, An­tenucci run­ning 50 yards from inside his own half be­fore Smithies turned his low shot on to the post and wide.

And Ter­ri­ers boss Chris Pow­ell ad­mit­ted there was much work to be done if the hope to follow their York­shire ri­vals up the ta­ble.

“We need a mix­ture of iron­ing out ba­sic mis­takes and bring­ing in a few new faces,” he said. There is work we can do with this squad, but it will take time, and it needs fresh­en­ing up.

“We only have our­selves to blame for the goals. They have all come through faults of our own, and the tim­ing of the sec­ond, with it com­ing just be­fore half-time, was the killer blow.

“We had some good phases, but ob­vi­ously we have not taken our chances. We have not worked their keeper or hit the tar­get enough.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

ONE FOR THE AL­BUM: Leeds’ Rodolph Austin, right, puts his side in front with a copy­book fin­ish

An­tenucci JOY: Leeds scorer Mirco

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