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Neil Redfearn hails positive Leeds United

10 November 2014

Leeds got their first win in nine games as they beat Blackpool 3-1, and new head coach Neil Redfearn saluted their go-forward attitude at Elland Road.

Redfearn is back in the dugout after a successful caretaker spell in September - a period which brought about Leeds' last win.

Darko Milanic arrived after that and left without winning a game in six, with Redfearn's first two matches in full-time charge failing to yield a victory also.

But a stunning first half, which saw Liam Cooper, Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci all score, ensured their drought was ended and meant that Blackpool's second-half revival could not affect the result.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half, some of the movement and the passing was different class," Redfearn said.

"That was as good as I've seen them play. It could have been anything. It wasn't just the pressure, it was good football culminating in three goals.

"The second half was a damp squib but the result was the main thing and that came off the back of a good first half.

"It was a good, important win and I thought we earned it. We never gave Blackpool a chance to settle, the start was excellent and for the first 10 minutes we were like a whirlwind."

Leeds' second and third goals arrived via some quick, one-touch passing, with Doukara's goal - a length-of-the-field team move - a particular highlight.

"We have got footballers and there is no point in us lumping it up the pitch," Redfearn said of the attitude he is trying to impart on his players.

"We have to pass it and play and the more they do that, the more they will pick results up. We scored a fantastic goal."

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