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The good and the bad from Billy Sharp's weekend performance

Billy Sharp scored Leeds United's goal in their 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest this weekend, but his performance had its downsides.

Some Leeds United fans have been calling for Billy Sharp to be given more of a chance following his return from injury, and on Saturday manager Neil Redfearn duly obliged, picking the 28-year-old from the start.

Sharp scored the equalising goal from the penalty spot against Nottingham Forest, ensuring his side earned their first point in three matches and headed back to Elland Road happy with both their efforts and the outcome.  But while Sharp scored only his second goal of the campaign, there was still plenty he will need to improve if he wants a prolonged run in the side.

Against Forest, Sharp's passing accuracy was just 65 per cent while he failed to play any key passes and he lost possession 17 times.

When a player scores a vital goal the things they do not do quite so well are easily forgotten, and in this case Redfearn is unlikely to be too worried by such things. After all, Sharp saw two of his three shots hit the target and one find the net and he was a regular threat for the visitors.

  Passing AccuracyTouchesKey PassesShotsShots on TargetOn-target Shooting AccuracyDuels WonPossession LostMins Played
Billy Sharp 65% 34 0 3 2 67% 1 17 77

But in Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci, Leeds have two other quality strikers who will want to play every minute of every game, and Sharp will have to dust off his form in the weeks ahead to maintain his place.

If he does that successfully, there is no reason he cannot fire Leeds back up the table in the second half of the season.

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