Round-up: Redfearn's application lifts Leeds
Sunday 05 February 2012
Leeds United continue their search for a new manager with the comfort of a 3-0 win at an obligingly ill-disciplined Bristol City, who finished the match with nine men.
Leeds, who had won two out of eight matches before Simon Grayson's sacking, had been on the back foot for most of the first half when Robert Snodgrass finished off a quick break five minutes before the interval. Four minutes later James Wilson tripped Ross McCormack to get a red card. Two bookings in as many minutes saw Yannick Bolasie sent off in the 57th minute, McCormack and Luciano Becchio sealing the win for caretaker manager Neil Redfearn.
"I feel I am capable of doing the manager's job and have the necessary experience in the game," Redfearn said, "but some big names are being linked with the vacancy."
Grayson's fate had been sealed by a 4-1 loss at home to Birmingham City, who yesterday held second-placed Southampton to a 0-0 draw. Saints, who had Danny Fox sent off, are now four points behind leaders West Ham.
Two late Matt Phillips goals saw Blackpool come from behind to win 3-1 at third-placed Cardiff City, lifting Ian Holloway's side to fourth. Middlesbrough were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace and Burnley needed a dazzling late solo goal from Jay Rodriguez to salvage a 1-1 draw with Peterborough United. Two late goals for Michael Chopra saw Ipswich Town win 3-2 at bottom club Coventry City.
Red cards aplenty in Brighton's 1-0 defeat of Leicester City. The latter's Jermaine Beckford and Matt Sparrow of Brighton had been sent off before Will Buckley scored in the 90th minute, then Leicester's Neil Danns picked up a second yellow card. Watford beat Barnsley 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
Sheffield Wednesday came from behind to beat Yeovil 2-1 and go second, replacing Huddersfield Town, who were held 1-1 by MK Dons. Wycombe beat Tranmere 2-1 to leap off the bottom and out of the relegation places.
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