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Despite the result which was a bummer and somewhat of a robbery - more of a sort of handbag snatching really - I though that there were many good things in this game for Leeds.
We were very solid at the back - Carlisle is a whole different prospect to the clown. - and between them him and Butler didn't miss much. Sullivan is quality and he organises the defence which is another big plus - surely KB should ask Sullivan who he wants directly in front of him? Kelly looks good value to me, in this division, despite being left flat footed a couple of times by their winger - I do think that Richardson is a better prospect in the long term but a few months a right side midfield won't do him much harm. Ma Rainey at left back is a bit of a worry but I think he's worth a few games - just to see - he seems to be able to pass aa good ball down the flank and takes a decent dead ball - his positioning and lack of general speed and awareness have a depressingly familiar ring.
The midfield is still lightweight - Richardson's runs and crosses down the right are a genuine threat - Guppy on the left, despite the goal, was lightweight and much worse than Pugh has been. Pugh on the other hand flits in and out now that he's in the middle. He doesn't seem to be comfortable there. Wright I think will improve with fitness and when he gets a tackling player alongside him. His passing is good and his awareness is not bad either. I think he may well become more important as the season goes on. However, you can't escape the conclusion that we are playing 3 out of the 4 players in there out of position.
Joachim and Deane had more variety and threat than when Ricketts started with Joachim. Deane is limited in ways with which we are all too familiar. He twice had good heading opportunities and twice missed the target. However he did fully occupy the number 29 who should have been booked for the tangle with Deane over the placing of the free kick in the second half and then sent off off for pulling McMaster back when he was the last defender. Joachim looks by far our biggest threat but he does need a goal to get the show rolling. Like someone else I've seen him fail to score from 3 one-on-ones but it has to be said that two of those were good saves by the keeper.
We could have had goals from headers by Pugh and Ma Rainey in the first half - both should have done better. We had a free kick on target - the first for how many years? Forest had a goal disallowed for offside shortly before we scored. The goal was from good work by Richardson down the right hooking a cross to the back post where Guppy snuck in under the radar and headed the ball under Gerrard's dive.
In the second half the majority of the pressure came from Leeds - so much so that the referee obviously decided that Forest needed a hand - hence the debatable penalty and many more free kicks in and around the box - while not sending of the no. 29 - still at least it wasn't Andy D'urso.