Five things learned from Leeds' draw with Forest: Bianchi, Antenucci & more

Five conclusions for Neil Redfearn's men after Leeds picked up a point at Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

What's happened to Bianchi?

There was plenty of encouragement for Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn yesterday. Similarly, though, there was plenty to worry about.

And perhaps the 49-year-old's biggest individual worry would have been Tommaso Bianchi. Just what has happened to the Italian over the last few weeks?

The Leeds midfielder started the season brilliantly but has suffered a serious dip in form recently. At Nottingham Forest yesterday, he offered nothing for Redfearn's side - and made a real mess of marking Matty Fryatt for the home team's opener.

It's a corners game

Bianchi may have been the culprit for Forest's goal but Leeds at corners, as a whole, were simply terrible at the City Ground. The Yorkshire side must improve from set-pieces if they are to get anything on the road this season.

A 1-1 draw in Nottingham was a good result but, considering the fact that the hosts had two goals controversially disallowed for offside, Leeds were lucky. They won't be so lucky next time if they continue to mess up from corners.

January is key

Going into the January transfer window, it looks as though buying and selling will be key for Leeds if they are to avoid a disastrous campaign. Yes, Massimo Cellino and co will be under transfer embargo - but loopholes in the ruling mean they can still conduct business, with their two main priorities reportedly being a new striker and defensive midfielder.

When your best player away from home is a 17-year-old (Lewis Cook), January business becomes a necessity... 

Second half was better

At the start of this article, it was stated that Leeds had plenty to be encouraged by. And that was certainly the case - especially after half-time.

Redfearn clearly had words with his players and there was a different intensity about the Yorkshire side as Nottingham Forest were pegged back to 1-1. Despite being lucky to earn a point, there were moments when Leeds were far superior to Pearce's side. And to avoid defeat away from home is a real achievement for Leeds on current form.

Antenucci received no service

Had Redfearn's men provided more service to their star striker Mirco Antenucci, however, they could have been celebrating all three points this morning.

The 30-year-old was restricted to very few shots - some on his weaker left foot - and needed to see a lot more of the ball were Leeds to score from open play (they netted from a penalty). The solution could be to play two up top, although Redfearn's reasons for going one up front considering recent results on the road were totally understandable.

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