On another day, Leeds United would have cruised to victory against a rather laboured Nottingham Forest side at Elland Road.
The Whites dominated the possession with 68 per cent of the ball throughout and managed 15 shots to six. Forest, meanwhile, scored with their only attempt on target, and even that was deflected across the line by Lewis Grabban after an old-school goalmouth scramble right out of the League Two playbook.
How the game ended 1-1, then, is anyone’s guess.
But, reflecting on an oh-so frustrating outing with Leeds Live, the always enigmatic head coach Marcelo Bielsa indicated that he was happier with Leeds’ performance against Forest than he was against Bristol City a week earlier – despite a Pablo Hernandez-inspired 3-1 win at Ashton Gate.
“In the game (against Forest) we created five times more (than the opposition), we didn’t win the game. The other two games (Bristol City and Salford) were positive games. The game we drew is what makes us feel more comfortable.”
Clearly, Bielsa is content with the fact that Leeds barely gave Forest a sniff of goal, especially considering Bristol City and Salford both tested Kiko Casilla on a number of occasions. And you can see the logic behind his reasoning.
But the suggestion that Leeds’ display against Forest was superior to that on the banks of the Avon is certainly not one that the Elland Road faithful are in agreement with. After all, while Leeds were ruthless and a constant attacking threat against Bristol City, the disappointing stalemate last weekend was more reminiscent of the wasteful performances in the spring which ended their promotion dreams.
WHAT?! I think that's been mistranslated there Phil— Luke Fella (@luke_fella) August 15, 2019
Wasn’t the best performance in converting our chances though.— Matt (@mattlufc_) August 15, 2019
Can we play not to our best like we did against Bristol City this weekend then?— Kayleigh Cooper (@Kayleig32114726) August 15, 2019
They still scored— genesis (@genesisTimM) August 15, 2019
I disagree we don’t need both Phillips and Forshaw against a team like Wigan— Callum Wainwright (@CallumWainwri20) August 15, 2019
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