Scott Wootton claims 'dominant' Leeds should have beaten Nottingham Forest, but lacked clinical edge

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The defender feels that Leeds United missed a great opportunity to continue their promising form.

Scott Wootton believes that Leeds missed a great opportunity to bag their fourth win in five during the draw with Nottingham Forest, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The Whites dominated possession for much of the game at the City Ground, but failed to turn their control of the game into opportunities as Forest keeper Dorus De Vries enjoyed a relatively quiet night. And having fallen behind after a series of calamitous mistakes from the Leeds defence allowed Nottingham Forest's Nelson Oliveira to score, it was Sam Byram who rescued Steve Evans' side with a late strike to ensure that the points were shared.

Asked whether Leeds should have ended their long wait for a Boxing Day win, Wootton replied: "100 per cent. No doubt about it whatsoever.

"I think we controlled the game from start to finish, if I'm honest. They caught us a couple of times on the counter, especially towards the end when they hit the post, but they were always going to when we were so dominant.

"It was definitely two points dropped. We need to improve, especially in the final third, where we need a bit more cutting edge," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Apart from the goals, it is safe to say that the best chances fell to the away side. However, both Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood squandered glorious opportunities that could have seen United move to within five points of the play-off places. 

And while Leeds may have enjoyed the majority of possession, their failure to convert their openings almost resulted in the side heading back to Yorkshire pointless, as Forest carved open several half-chances in the second half, including a late effort from youngster Oliver Burke, which, luckily for Leeds, came back off the post. 

While the performance may have pleased Evans, he will be concerned that the lack of killer instinct in front of goal could prove costly in future games. In particular, top scorer Wood has been guilty of failing to convert numerous great chances in recent weeks, and if Nottingham Forest had been a bit luckier going forward, then Leeds could have been going into Tuesday's clash with league leaders Derby off the back of a very frustrating defeat.

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