Leeds defender Scott Wootton explains why extending unbeaten run will be so difficult against high-flyers Derby County

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Steve Evans' men are without a defeat in their last five games.

Scott Wootton believes Derby County's depth is likely to cause Leeds United the most issues when the two sides meet, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Sunday's draw with Nottingham Forest extended Steve Evans' side's unbeaten run to five games, and left them temporarily in the top half of the table. However, their next game is arguably their toughest challenge since they defeated Hull City at the start of the month.

Since the pair met in August - when a late Chris Wood stunner sealed Leeds' first win of the season - the Rams have lost just once in the Championship, and now sit in the automatic promotion spots. And Wootton explained why his teammates have got to be so wary of the threat Paul Clement's men pose.

"We've got youth and energy and legs, and that might explain our inconsistency with having such a young team," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"But we're five games unbeaten and we've got a really tough game to look forward to against Derby. We've won the last two games at home so hopefully we can keep that going.

"Since the game when we beat them I don't think they've lost too many. They've kicked right on. They've got two quality players in every position at this level so it'll be a very, very tough game for us. But hopefully we can turn up and get the points."

That depth is a bonus to Clement all year round, but it is especially valuable to the Derby manager during this period of the season when games are coming thick and fast. 

In their most recent game against Fulham, Derby were able to bring on Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann - who were both playing Premier League football not so long ago - during the latter stages. 

While Steve Evans has managed to change the momentum of a game with a substitution on a couple of occasions during his tenure, he does not often have the same depth available to him on the bench, meaning that it may require a moment of magic, similar to that of Wood's strike at the iPro Stadium, to keep Leeds' unbeaten run in tact. 

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