Leeds United's Chris Wood was ineffective against Rotherham, fans agree

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United’s Chris Wood had a disappointing afternoon.

Leeds United striker Chris Wood had a disappointing afternoon as he struggled to make an impact during his side’s 1-0 home defeat to Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United.

Following two successive victories including a first win at Elland Road for the season, Leeds entered the clash with renewed optimism against a team languishing in the bottom three.

The bookmakers were backing Steve Evans’ men to claim all three points, yet Millers boss Neil Redfearn galvanised his side and restricted the hosts to a flurry of mere half chances.

As an attacking force, Leeds couldn’t click and Wood’s performance as a whole epitomised just how badly they struggled to break down their resilient Championship opponents.

  GoalsShotsTake-onsAerial Duels Won/LostTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Chris Wood 0 1 0 4-6 43 18 1 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the New Zealand international’s ineffectual display can be illustrated by how little he contributed in a number of key areas.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, Wood recorded just one shot on goal while his duel with Rotherham’s centre-backs didn’t go too well, winning only four of ten aerial challenges.

With 43 touches, the former Leicester City man was regularly picked out by his teammates but nothing seemed to stick, whether through poor ball control or snappy tackling from the opposition.

The chemistry between Wood and fellow strike partner Mirco Antenucci seemed to be growing in recent weeks, yet the two looked compete strangers yesterday as they failed to link-up.

It was a case of two step forwards, one step back for boss Steve Evans and three away games in the next four could see them slide back towards the bottom three if they don’t step it up.

Writing on Twitter during and after the game, Leeds fans bemoaned their side’s display and singled out Wood as a player who despite his best efforts really just never got going.

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