Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1: YEP jury verdicts

Liam Bridcutt.
Liam Bridcutt.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.

JAMES HARRISON

Before the game, everybody would have taken a point but we dominated the game throughout and definitely deserved all three.

I haven’t seen us control a game away from home like that in a long time, it reminded me of the League One days.

It was such a sloppy goal we conceded, but a Bellusci/Silvestri mistake was more than overdue. For the majority of the game, they didn’t really cause us any problems.

The goal we scored was well deserved and it was taken extremely well by Sam Byram. He had a quiet game and wasn’t really involved but the finish was brilliant and sent the fans wild.

Liam Bridcutt was again sensational; what a signing he has been by Evans. He controlled the tempo and always wanted the ball from the goalkeeper and defenders.

We haven’t had a midfielder like him for a while, it is great to see somebody always wanting to be involved in play.

Both teams could have won it in the end, and that’s why we should be happy with the point. Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci had some great chances and on other days they could have flown into the net but it wasn’t to be.

Liam Cooper made an unbelievable block which probably saved us the game and it’s those sort of acts which take you up the table.

However, him and Giuseppe Bellusci still scare me and I’m looking forward to seeing Sol Bamba back in the side to settle us.

Forest had some really good players who caused us problems but we looked stronger all the way across our team.

If we recruit correctly in January then we have a real chance of pushing for the play-offs. We definitely need a new striker and centre-back to give us more squad depth. If we could sign Bridcutt permanently then it would be the signing of the season, he’s a great footballer. All in all it was a great football game and both teams should be grateful for coming away with a point.

Man of the match: Liam Bridcutt.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds United continued their good run at the City Ground with a hard-earned 1-1 draw, that’s five games unbeaten. The Whites will hope to extend it when high-flying Derby County visit Elland Road tomorrow.

Steve Evans kept the same eleven for the trip to Nottingham, another game changed at the whim of Sky TV.

Leeds started positively with Stuart Dallas firing just wide but it was the home side that went in front just before the 20-minute mark, an horrendous mix up involving Giuseppe Bellusci and Marco Silvestri gifted Nelson Oliveira the simplest of finishes.

The first action of the second half was in the Leeds half of the field but Forest failed to test Silvestri. Sam Byram and Chris Wood had efforts that went over the bar. Luke Murphy then cleared Matt Mills’ effort off the line from a corner.

Evans made a change just after the hour when Souley Doukara replaced Cook as Leeds tried to force a equaliser.

Mirco Antenucci then replaced Stuart Dallas before Doukara set up Byram and the youngster beat the keeper with a superb shot. Both Antenucci and Wood will rue missed chances near the end of the game as will Oliver Burke whose effort hit a post.

Leeds should have had all three points but for those missed chances.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor/Liam Bridcutt.

STEPHEN CLARK

Another away point but Leeds will be disappointed that they didn’t take all three against a very average Forest side.

Steve Evans’ side dominated possession as Forest sat back and forced Leeds to make the play. The lack of cutting edge was demonstrated though as despite having all the play there was very little threat.

The goal conceded was a comedy of errors, but fair play to the Whites they continued to plug away and deserved the equaliser from Sam Byram. Both sides could have won it in the last 10 minutes but neither had the quality to take all three points. Leeds have made the top half of the table, but if they are to climb any higher then they need to improve at both ends of the pitch.

Man of the match: Liam Bridcutt.

MATTHEW EVANS

Forest tried to dictate the game and almost did it to perfection. They allowed us to play as much as we liked but broke forward at will when they saw the chance.

We never properly capitalised on the freedom of posession we were given but still played our part in a decent game that was far better than the Christmas fixture normally throws up. In the end a point was well deserved.

We could have won the game if Bellusci and Silvestri had spared us one of their regular mess ups or one of our strikers had packed shooting boots. Still, we’ll take the point and hope for back-to-back home wins next.

Man of the match: Liam Bridcutt.

DAVID WATKINS

Finally, Leeds are starting to get the results we’d expect if we are playing to our form!

The majority of the Jury saw this game ending in a draw, and most of us had it at 1-1. What we would not have forecast was that we’d once again be playing Santa Claus by gifting Forest the lead despite looking the better side for long periods. If we are to continue this decent run, we have to stop these defensive errors; we are not good enough at the other end to give teams a one goal start.

Our general play was very good but those two old failings – defensive errors and poor finishing – almost cost us. Draw away and win at home is, they say, the formula for success. So, now the question on all our lips is: “Can we beat Derby again?”.

Man of the match: Liam Bridcutt.

GARY NEWBOULD

United registered a fully deserved draw at the City Ground courtesy of Sam Byram’s late equaliser.

After having almost 75 per cent of first half possession but still being behind at the interval, this should hopefully show coach Steve Evans where his priorities lie in the transfer window. A keeper who commands his area, two decent centre halves and striker who will break sweat will hopefully see us move further up the top half of the division.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

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