Leeds United: Chances out wide key to Leeds delivering the goods – Whelan

United's Chris Wood beats Reading's Paul McShane in the box. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
United's Chris Wood beats Reading's Paul McShane in the box. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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I see the draw at Reading as a decent point.


Come the end of the season will tell us more but I thought there were a lot of positives from the performance once again and the lads worked tirelessly.

They put their bodies on the line, there were some very good performances and I thought Liam Cooper was outstanding.

And I thought Kalvin Phillips did himself a lot of favours with his first game for Leeds United this season.

For a young man, the quality that he possesses and that he has shown has probably given Uwe Rosler a lot to think about, especially now you have been playing Scott Wootton in that defensive midfield role. There are midfield players at the club that actually can do the job and he was exceptional.

Overall, it’s a clean sheet and I didn’t think either team really did enough to win the game.

We got ourselves in some great positions but there was just not enough quality in the final third – crosses, corners and deliveries into the box for the striker to feed on.

Once again I thought Chris Wood was fantastic and he turned a lot of bad balls into good balls.

He retained possession for Leeds and set up a lot of attacks but he didn’t really have a lot to feed on.

We were probing and prodding but without any real conviction.

We weren’t really opening up the defence in any way, a lot of it was in front of the defenders and they were half-chances that were created, not really any gilt-edged.

But I don’t think we need to change the team or tactics. It’s just we did very well getting the ball into good areas in the final third on both wings, but our delivery and quality of crosses weren’t good enough. It wasn’t enough for our striker to feed off.

We were hitting the first man, it didn’t go in quick enough at times, we were dwelling on the ball and we didn’t really make enough of the good opportunities in the good areas out wide.

We just didn’t put enough good quality crosses in for the striker Chris Wood to feed off and when you get in those areas you have got to make sure you hit the right area for Wood to attack. We didn’t do that.

But I wouldn’t change the team. Rosler made some positive changes towards the end with Luke Murphy coming on for Kalvin Phillips and Alex Mowatt came off with Mirco Antenucci coming on.

There were two strikers on then so we did try and give it a go but it just wasn’t working when we got into that final third. There were some long shots from distance but nothing that was really going to penetrate the Reading defence and not enough chances created in and around the box.

All the shots we had seemed to be from distance and there weren’t any where you thought ‘we should have scored there.’

Next we go to Bristol City on Wednesday but I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a must win game.

Going to Bristol City is going to be a very, very difficult game. They are still in that honeymoon period, they are in a division that’s very competitive and they’ll still be flying high in their own minds from promotion.

It’s a tricky game to go to – it really is – and they’ve spent a bit of money as well.

But, from what I saw on Sunday, if we can just put those chances from the wide areas a little bit better across then we will score goals. We do need to create more chances – that’s a must – but defensively it’s a clean sheet and the work rate from the boys was spot on.

If I was Uwe Rosler I’d be very pleased with what I saw and this could be a very important point come the end of the season.

We also welcome Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and obviously you’d be looking to win one of the next two games but right now we can only concentrate on Bristol.

If we keep playing the way we are playing we will create chances but delivery has got to be better. We’ve got to try and maybe get another midfield player into the box, another runner. Yesterday, neither side created a chance that was worthy of winning the game.