Team News: Two changes, Eunan O’Kane and Samuel Siaz replace Connor Shaughnessy and Pavel Cibicki, both drop to the bench.
Team: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper(c),Berardi, Phillips, O’Kane, Alioski, Siaz, Hernandez, Roofe.
Two games without a win, the 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest was disappointing mainly due to the chance created but not taken.
Thomas Christiansen made Two changes to the team that were beaten at St Andrews, Samuel Siaz and Eunan O’Kane replacing Connor Shaughnessy and Pavel Cibicki.
Leeds came at their opponents from the off but the final ball was just not good enough, set pieces were proving a problem for the Forest defence and from one Pontus Jansson sent a header just wide of the far post. Forest had an excellent chance to open the scoring, Brereton stopped by a superb challenge in the penalty area by captain Liam Cooper.
Pontus Jansson met Pablo Hernandez’s corner but unfortunately for Leeds Dowell was on hand to clear the ball off the line, the ball broke to Roofe who tried twice to put the ball into the net, the second an acrobatic scissor-kick that just flew over the bar. Vurnon Anita replaced the injured Luke Ayling just before the break. 0-0 at the break.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga replaced Ezgjan Alioski after the break, Leeds still had the majority of possession but struggled to create a clear cut chance until a delightful run by Samuel Siaz was moved across the Forest penalty box to find the unmarked Kemar Roofe, the striker’s shot struck the crossbar and bounced to safety, for Forest Osborn’s deflected shot was tipped over the bar by Wiedwald.
In Forest’s best part of proceedings, Dowell made Wiedwald work again, forcing a save from the German.
Siaz worked his magic again, this time giving Pablo Hernandez a chance inside the box, unfortunately Smith got down to save the effort with his leg.
With time almost up, substitute Hadi Sacko put over a cross that Lasogga tried to put across the keeper, unfortunately it lacked power to beat Smith. Injury time brought poor efforts from Lasogga and Hernandez, but the game ended scoreless.
One of those days when it just didn’t work in the final third, key performers: Pontus Jansson, a danger at every set piece and Samuel Siaz, just everywhere. Kemar Roofe had the opportunities but just couldn’t put them into the net.
With Cardiff City losing their forth game in a row it was another chance lost to close the gap on second place, but unless proper investment is forthcoming this January the hope of promotion will disappear as soon as Spring arrives.
Man of the Match: Liam Bridcutt, good display by the ex-Leeds midfielder. For Leeds Liam Cooper had a good game at the back.
By Keith Ingham