LEEDS blew a great chance of making it two wins out of two because a problems from last season came a calling to Elland Road.
Firstly so much possession could and should have been turned into a sizeable lead, but chance after chance was spurned. The 1-1 draw will be seen as two points dropped.
Unfortunately Patrick Bamford had forgotten his ‘scoring boots’ and the misses were to prove costly later in the game. Leeds finally broke the stalemate just before the hour mark, Klich played a delightful ball to the feet of Pablo Hernandez and the Spaniard finished superbly, within minutes Patrick Bamford should have made it two but his effort went wide.
Pablo celebrating opening the scoring.
At the other end a ‘calamity’ happened on 77 minutes in the Leeds penalty area to gift the visitors an equaliser, a corner wasn’t cleared and somehow the ball crept over the Leeds line after a ball hit Grabban and it apologetically rolled past Casilla.
Grabban scrambles the equaliser.
The two moments summed up the game on rainy afternoon, Leeds controlled the game from the opening minutes and how it stayed goalless only PB will know. I’m not blaming the lad, he just had one of those days that footballers sometimes have. The football Leeds played was a joy to watch, regularly getting in good positions but sometimes the final ball letting them down.
Forest on the other hand had one shot on goal and it went in! Their other efforts gave the fans in the South Stand catching practice. They didn’t really impress me but will be very happy to take a point back to Nottingham.
I must give a mention(I really must!) to a pretty shambolic performance from the man in the middle, Forest seem to get away with many ‘robust’ challenges while Leeds were pulled up every time.
He missed, in my opinion and a few around me a definite penalty when Stuart Dallas was flattened in the penalty area, it would have been a foul anywhere else on the field so it was a penalty.
I’m not disappointed, frustrated a little but the football Bielsa’s Boys played was very impressive. On other days Leeds would have won by at least a couple of goals.
Men of the Match: Jack Harrison and Adam Forshaw.
By Keith Ingham