Leeds United 0 Nottingham Forest 1: YEP player ratings

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YEP writer Phil Hay provides his Leeds United player ratings on the back of the 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at Elland Road. Do you agree with this choices?

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Souleymane Doukara tries to get past Nottingham Forest's Bokan Jokic. PIC: Tony Johnson

Souleymane Doukara tries to get past Nottingham Forest's Bokan Jokic. PIC: Tony Johnson

Could have got a stronger hand to Oliveira’s header but Forest would have murdered their Portuguese striker if he’d failed to bury it. 6/10

Scott Wootton

Took a bit of abuse when he was substituted but the same fact remains: solid or not, Wootton is a centre-back being asked to play right-back. 5/10

Giuseppe Bellusci

He and Cooper were posted missing as Forest scored, expecting an offside flag, but he was United’s best defender again. 7/10

Liam Cooper

In the main, Forest were kept at close range by Leeds and it would be wrong to point the finger at their backline. 6/10

Charlie Taylor

His crossing could have been more telling but there is not much to aim at and he made a couple of important tackles. 6/10

Liam Bridcutt

Although Forest sat back, their midfield was far more mobile and dangerous than United’s and Bridcutt did not have a great day. 5/10

Toumani Diagouraga

Dominant at Bolton but couldn’t impose himself on Forest and found the pace of the contest a challenge. 5/10

Stuart Dallas

Led a quick start from Leeds and was the one player who caused trouble when the ball came to him, 6/10

Lewis Cook

A thankless afternoon in the number 10 role as Vaughan targeted him and Forest marked him out of that position. 5/10

Souleymane Doukara

Almost scored with an early header but faded and was caught napping in the move when Forest scored. 5/10

Mirco Antenucci

Could have played all night without scoring. Had nothing to work with and couldn’t create anything himself. 5/10

Substitutes:

Mustapha Carayol (for Dallas, 70) - Brought a bit more urgency to the performance without looking like forcing the issue. 5/10

Lee Erwin (for Diagouraga, 81) - Not the sort of chance he wants: a short run-out in a game where Leeds are struggling to create. 5/10

Tom Adeyemi (for Wootton, 90) - Appeared too late to have any real impact. 5/10

Subs (not used): Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Lewie Coyle, Sol Bamba, Luke Murphy.

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland) - He and his officials made a fair number of dubious decisions but they could not be blamed for the result. 6/10

Attendance: 24,079

Nottingham Forest:

Dorus De Vries - 6

Eric Lichaj - 6

Matt Mills - 7

Michael Mancienne - 7

Bojan Jokic - 6

David Vaughan - 7

Robert Tesche - 7

Gary Gardner - 7

Ben Osborn - 6

Jamie Ward - 7

Nelson Oliveira - 8

Substitutes:

Oliver Burke (for Ward, 75) - 6

Dexter Blackstock (for Oliveira, 89) - 5

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