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Warnock makes immediate impact at Leeds
Published : 19 Feb 2012 07:17:00Rss feed
New boss Neil Warnock delivered a half-time team talk which inspired Leeds to a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Doncaster, caretaker manager Neil Redfearn revealed.
With the former QPR boss watching from the stands after being unveiled as the new Leeds manager on Saturday morning, Redfearn took charge of the team for the final time.
Redfearn said: "Neil had a big impact. He came in at half-time and made a few points. It was sensible advice in the situation we were in."
He looked to be guiding them to a third straight npower Championship defeat when a double from Mamadou Bagayoko either side of half-time put Rovers 2-0 up.
But the two-goal deficit lasted just a minute before Andros Townsend pulled one back, Adam Clayton levelled 10 minutes from the end and Luciano Becchio sealed the points with a strike in the ninth minute of stoppage time.
The drama did not stop there, either, as police and stewards had to intervene in an altercation in the tunnel after the final whistle.
Redfearn revealed Warnock, who has signed a contract to the end of next season, had spoken to the players both before the game and at the interval. And former Barnsley player Redfearn was impressed with what he heard.
He added: "He said they should be a bit more positive, with more energy, and play higher up the pitch. There was no ranting and raving. Our second-half performance was more like it. We got about them and the crowd responded."
Redfearn, who took over when Simon Grayson was sacked at the start of the month, will return to his role in the academy. But he was full of praise for chairman Ken Bates' choice.
"The appointment of Neil Warnock is fantastic for the club," Redfearn said. "He has a track record of getting teams out of this division and these are exciting times."