Five things we learned about Leeds United this weekend

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A closer look at Leeds United's Championship clash with Nottingham Forest.

Leeds United drew 0-0 with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on Sunday and although it put a stop to their latest mini winning-run, the Whites manager Neil Redfearn can still be pleased with his side's performance.

Here are five things we learned about Leeds from their latest encounter:

Berardi deserves his place

Gaetano Berardi has had to wait patiently to prove he does have what it takes to succeed at Leeds, but against Forest the Swiss player continued his renaissance.

The 26-year-old impressed in a defence that held firm against Dougie Freedman’s side and Berardi is now a great option rather than a risky one.

Bamba and Bellusci is the way to go

Speaking of defending, Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci proved yet again that they should be Leeds’ first-choice centre-back pairing for the remainder of the season.

They looked solid throughout and club captain Liam Cooper may have to get used to his seat on the substitutes’’ bench if both remain fit and available.

Morison is not a winger

Neil Redfearn has enjoyed great success switching players into new positions this season, but he is unlikely to use striker Steve Morison out wide again after the target-man had a match to forget at Elland Road.

A few minutes is not enough

Strikers Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci can rightly feel aggrieved not to have featured more in recent times, with the misfiring Morison getting chances along with Billy Sharp.

Both strikers came on this weekend but Antenucci played just 32 minutes and Doukara had just 11 minutes to impress.

They need longer; after all, they have already proved they can be highly effective up front when played regularly.

Lewis Cook is a wonderful footballer

Okay, so that is not something we learned this weekend, rather it is something we have known for a long time. But against Forest the young midfielder was outstanding and his skill and maturity cannot be ignored.

Leeds have a gem on their hands, and he proved that yet again on Saturday with a performance that suggested he really should have been on the winning side.

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