Five things we learned about Leeds United from their defeat against Forest

Elland Road

Leeds United lost 1-0 this weekend in their latest Championship clash.

Leeds United lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest on Saturday as Steve Evans’ side crashed to their first home defeat in seven outings.

The Whites have had an up-and-down campaign to date but they only have themselves to blame for not doing better against a Forest side that had just 38 per cent possession over the course of the match.

Here are five things we learned from Leeds’ latest encounter:

Wood cannot return soon enough

Leeds had chances to win this match but strikers Souleymane Doukara and Mirko Antenucci were not in the right place at the right time to finish things off.

Injured forward Chris Wood could have made the difference and despite a patchy campaign to date the New Zealand international cannot return to full fitness quickly enough.

A new striker is vital

That said, Leeds need another new experience front-man and must use the emergency loan window smartly.

Lee Erwin was brought on with the Whites chasing the game and given his lack of game-time to date he was always unlikely to make a difference.

Coyle deserves a chance

Scott Wootton is not the answer at right-back and despite having a good chance to score at the opposite end of the field it is time he was replaced by youngster Lewie Coyle.

The 20-year-old is the future of this club and deserves chances just as the likes of Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor have before him.

Possession means nothing without end product

Leeds manager Steve Evans has worked on improving his central midfield with the additions of Liam Bridcutt and Toumani Diagouraga, but while the pair did well it is not enough to keep possession and frustrate the opposition.

Leeds had 62 per cent of the ball on Saturday but still ended up as the losing side.

Doukara needs to track back

For all his fine work in recent weeks, Doukara had an off-day and he was at fault for not tracking back when Forest scored what proved to be the winning goal.

He needs to do more – both in defence and attack – if he wants a long-term future at Elland Road.

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