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Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn pleased with 'hard-fought' win over Ipswich Town

5 March 2015

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn was pleased with his side after they notched three points with a 'hard-fought' victory over Ipswich Town at Elland Road on Wednesday.

Alex Mowatt broke the deadlock in the 71st minute only for Ipswich to hit back immediately through Freddie Sears.

Back came United, though, and Billy Sharp netted what proved to be the winning goal, before goalkeeper Marco Silvestri – a Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month nominee for February – saved a last-gasp Daryl Murphy penalty to lift the Whites up to 15th in the table.

Redfearn, whose side had suffered back-to-back defeats before beating the Tractor Boys, told the club's official website: "It was hard-fought. They’re a good side – a typical Championship side – and it was a battle.

"We had the better passages of play and we looked the more controlled side.

"How they play is how they play, but if you don’t deal with it then you come unstuck.

“We said before the game that we’ve got more than what they’ve got in midfield. We won the second balls and we had to block them off in wide areas.

"I didn’t just want to match them up, go long and be physical; I wanted us to play as well.

"That’s a measure of how far we’ve come. They’re a top-six side and they’ve been up there all season.

"That’s another side at the top of the league that we’ve beaten so we must be doing something right."

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