Leeds boss' assessment of Nottingham Forest doesn't stack up, why Derby will be different

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Leeds boss Neil Redfearn said his side forced Nottingham Forest to play long balls, but it's a bit of a habit for Stuart Pearce's side.

Leeds United held Nottingham Forest to a 1-1 draw at the City Ground at the weekend, and boss Neil Redfearn was full of praise for his side's performance.

He claimed that his forwards working hard to track back prevented Forest from delivering crosses, forcing them to play long balls.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "It got to the point Forest were knocking long balls from back to front, it was a battle but we were dealing with them. It made them quite predictable at times."

This was however far from a last resort for Forest - instead it is business as usual under Stuart Pearce.

  MatchTotal Long Balls
Forest Forest vs Brentford 101
Forest Forest vs Ipswich 98
Forest Forest vs Fulham 96
Forest Wigan vs Forest 96
Forest Rotherham vs Forest 95
Forest Millwall vs Forest 93
Forest Forest vs Leeds 91

Forest have played more long balls against six different teams this season than they did against Leeds United at the weekend.

In Leeds' next away game against Derby they may not be able to expect as many, and to have the same 'predictable' attack facing them.

The Rams play the fewest long balls per game in the Championship, and the change in approach could explain the differing positions between the two East Midlands sides in the table.

  Total Long Balls per gameGames
Forest 82.45 22
Derby 68.82 22

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