How ineffective was Leeds United's Chris Wood in Burnley defeat?

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Burnley defeated Leeds United 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Leeds United striker Chris Wood had an afternoon to forget as he proved largely ineffective during his side’s narrow 1-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Burnley at Turf Moor.

The hosts grabbed the only goal of the game as early as the first minute, Scott Arfield finding the bottom corner with an angled drive following a wonderful team move from Sean Dyche’s side.

Despite Burnley getting their noses in-front, though, Leeds came back and Steve Evans’ side had more than enough chances over the 90 minutes to get themselves back into it.

But a lack of proficiency in the final third was ultimately the visitors’ biggest downfall, and one man in particular was extremely wasteful as former Leicester striker Wood simply couldn’t make the most of his chances.

  ShotsShots on TargetGoalsTouchesAccurate PassesAerial Duels WonBall RecoveriesMins Played
Chris Wood 6 1 0 40 16 6 2 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the New Zealand international had more than enough bites of the cherry to haul his side level yet he continued to frustrate with some wayward finishing.

Wood had six attempts over he course of the 90 minutes, with only one of those hitting the target.

The striker’s best chances came after the interval when Leeds were really ramping up the pressure, yet when well position he somehow managed to head two glorious opportunities wide of the mark.

It has been the story of Wood’s season thus far, where the 24-year-old has managed just one goal since the turn of the New Year despite averaging 2.6 shots on goal per Championship encounter.

The defeat leaves Leeds 11 points above the drop zone - not mathematically safe just yet but with results going their way it would take a run of bizarre results to see them end up going down.

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