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LEEDS v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

12 April 2015

Essential reading on this Tuesday's opponents

LEEDS UNITED

Nickname: The Whites
Manager: Neil Redfearn
2013-14: 15th
Ground: Elland Road
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 175 miles (3 hours 23 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Neil Redfearn's side slipped to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff City at the weekend.

Kalvin Phillips scored on his home debut to equalise Sean Morrison's opener in the first half, but Aron Gunnarsson struck the winner after the break for the Welsh visitors.

The reverse leaves the Yorkshire club in 15th place in the division, with neither a play-off push or relegation battle to fight for in the closing stages of the campaign.


Leeds’ historical standing in English football is well known. They have won the top division title three times and also have an FA Cup and a League Cup in their trophy cabinet.

In terms of their head-to-head record with Norwich, games have traditionally been close affairs but the Whites edge it with 19 victories to the Canaries’ 17. This season’s meeting at Carrow Road finished 1-1.

They have one former City player in their ranks: striker Steve Morison (2011-13), who scored 12 goals in 59 games across a season-and-a-half in Norfolk.
 
THE BOSS
Neil Redfearn signed a 12-month rolling contract to take over as Leeds United Head Coach at the beginning of November.

The 49-year-old became the Yorkshire club’s third boss of the season after being overlooked for the job previously in favour of his predecessor Darko Milanic.

He led them to an unbeaten run of four matches in his initial spell in caretaker charge following Dave Hockaday’s sacking just six matches into the campaign, but now he has the reins on a permanent basis.


A lifelong fan, Redfearn never actually played for Leeds but notched over 1000 appearances in a highly-respected career spanning 24 years.

It is his spell with Yorkshire rivals Barnsley by which the former goalscoring midfielder is best known. He netted 17 times as the Tykes were promoted to the Premier League in 1997.

Prior to assuming the hotseat, the Dewsbury-born Redfearn was leading the Club’s Academy and had worked in youth development at Elland Road for close to six years.


THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Marco Silvestri, Stuart Taylor, Alex Cairns

Defenders: Sam Byram, Souleman Bamba, Giuseppe Bellusci, Gaetano Berardi, Scott Wootton, Charlie Taylor, Liam Cooper (c), Dario del Fabro.

Midfielders: Rodolph Austin, Granddi N’Goyi, Luke Murphy, Aidan White, Tommaso Bianchi, Zac Thompson, Lewis Cook, Christopher Dawson, Alex Mowatt, Zan Benedicic, Casper Sloth, Kalvin Phillips.

Forwards: Billy Sharp, Adryan Oliveira Tavares, Edgar Cani, Steve Morison, Brian Guillermo Montenegro Benitez, Lewis Walters, Souleymane Doukara, Mirco Antenucci.

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