Leeds United extended Thomas Christiansen’s unbeaten start as head coach with a battling 0-0 draw against Fulham, leaving the Elland Road boss to insist: “We deserved more.”
Leeds overcame a tense start to go toe-to-toe with a club who pipped them to a Championship play-off place last season and take a point from a lively meeting with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
Fulham struck a post in the opening exchanges but United striker Chris Wood failed to convert a one-on-one chance in the first half and saw a finish ruled out by an offside flag shortly before the interval.
Neither team were able to force a goal in an end-to-end second half but Christiansen, whose side’s stalemate followed on from a frustrating goalless draw at home to Preston North End on Saturday, was more enthused with Leeds’ performance against a Fulham team who he again described as “one of the best in the division”.
“It was a draw and another clean sheet but I believe the team made a very good game,” Christiansen said.
“We had to recognise that we were playing against one of the best sides in the league, who started very well. We weren’t fast enough and we didn’t close the space to begin with. They combined very well with their passing.
“But towards the end of the first half we competed more and in the second half I think we deserved more. We dominated. We didn’t let them play as they wanted. I’m satisfied with the result.”
Leeds have taken five points from Christiansen’s first three league games and he said: “If you’re unbeaten it’s okay. Of course we would have liked to have taken wins not draws but we have to look at who we faced. Preston were very good and Fulham are one of the best teams.”
Christiansen, meanwhile, heaped praise on 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy who was thrown into a full league debut after centre-back Liam Cooper missed out through injury.
“He did very well,” Christiansen said. “I’ve said before that he’s a young player with not much experience but he did well and he was under big pressure against a good team.
“It was a good way to test him against one of the best teams in the league.”