Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1: Wootton frustrated by two lost points

Leeds defender Scott Wootton and head coach Steve Evans.
Leeds defender Scott Wootton and head coach Steve Evans.
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Scott Wootton was left feeling frustrated after Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest despite the Whites’ late equaliser.

The defender was left convinced that the tie was a game United should have won, “100 per cent”.

Wootton was not involved in the defensive mix-up which granted Nelson Oliveira a simple goal to put Forest ahead in the first-half. It came after an extended spell of Leeds dominance, and barring a 20-minute period after the break, Steve Evans’ side always looked the better side. It fell to Sam Byram to grab his third in three games and ensure Leeds travelled home with a point, but a multitude of chances in the last 10 minutes meant United were unfortunate not to take all three.

Asked whether it was a game Leeds deserved to win, Wootton said: “100 per cent. No doubt about it whatsoever.

“I think we controlled the game from start to finish, if I’m honest. They caught us a couple of times on the counter, especially towards the end when they hit the post, but they were always going to when we were so dominant.

“It was definitely two points dropped. We need to improve, especially in the final third, where we need a bit more cutting edge.”

However, taken as part of Leeds’ recent record, Wootton believed there were positives to leave the City Ground with.

Two wins on the spin against Wolves and Preston meant United came into this game on a good run of form. It showed against a Forest side who were often happy to camp in their own half and try and pick off the Whites.

“I can remember being stood in the final third for most of the second-half with very little defending to do at all,” Wootton recalled.

“It’s frustrating, but if you had said to us we would take seven points out of nine over the last three games, we would have taken it.

“We went away to Wolves, and played Preston at home, two teams who have been on great form. Forest have been on great form at home, so to come here and dominate the game is pleasing.”

The former Manchester United defender has made the right-back role his own since the beginning of November, starting nine games in a row. That constitutes one of his longer spells in the side since joining in 2013.

Often questioned by fans, Wootton admitted he was aware of the occasional abuse but completely unphased by it. That is especially the case as the 24-year-old becomes an increasingly reliable cog in the Leeds United machine.

He said: “Ever since I’ve come here I’ve had a lot of stick, probably because of coming here from my previous club, but I do not pay any attention to it. I felt like I was doing all right when I came into the team last January, but it’s just about getting on with the job and trying my best week-in, week-out.

“I’m happy to be given a run. I’m performing well and keeping my place in the team.

“It’s always good when you are in the team and the team is doing well. There’s a similar feeling to last year when we went on a good run, in January, February, March time.

“It’s what you want to do as a footballer, play every week, especially for a big club and when the team is doing well. It’s a good feeling.”