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Match report (but not really): Leeds 0-0 Forest

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We weren't at Elland Road on Saturday. But some people were. So here are some words from assorted types about the 0-0 draw...

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If we had been organised enough then we may well have sorted out someone who was going to Leeds v Forest on Saturday to do something like a report for us, but of course we're not, so we didn't.

Instead, here are some words from a few people that actually were there...

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The Nottingham Post's Paul Taylor (presumably it's him - there isn't a byline) reckons the 0-0 draw was in some ways a positive, because it displayed the progress made under Dougie Freedman...

It tells a story of how far Nottingham Forest have come in a short space of time that, as the players boarded the coach to make the return journey from Yorkshire they did so with just a slight air of disappointment, with the merest of slumps in their shoulders. This 0-0 draw was not a bad result. Far from it. In fact, just a few months ago it would have been regarded as an outstanding point.

Nor was it a bad performance. Dougie Freedman's side again played with a level of organisation, discipline and simple grit that was just not present often enough during the middle third of the campaign. But still, there was just the merest tinge of frustration over the simple notion of what might have been.

The Yorkshire Post had a few observations on the game, split as most things seem to be now into five points, and while most of them obviously concentrated on Leeds, this bit was quite interesting on the approaches of Freedman and Neil Redfearn...

In contrast to his counterpart Dougie Freedman, Redfearn tried to manufacture a breakthrough with Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara thrown into the fray for Steve Morison and Charlie Taylor. Meanwhile, Dougie Freedman sat on his hands, a little strange given that Forest are chasing wins to gatecrash the play-offs. Lars Veldwijk and Tyler Walker represented striking options available to him along with winger Jamie Paterson, but Freedman was content to see the game out. With Leeds comfortable in midweek, albeit with realistic aims to reach the top ten, expect Redfearn to be proactive in the coming weeks, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Lewis Walters getting some game time being something he is highly likely to do.

Freedman himself seemed pretty happy with the point...

"When we go back on the training ground on Monday morning I think we will look at that as a very good point. I think we showed that we were never really in any real danger defensively and we had one or two opportunities ourselves, offensively. So we will take that.

"I am not frustrated. Sometimes you have to be realistic and accept that a point is okay on the road and this is a very, very difficult side to play with a big crowd behind them. It is a good point.

"It was more of an open game in the first half, when the two teams were going for it. With nine games to go players do get a little tired and I thought we saw that towards the end."

It sounded like Karl Darlow had a fairly tedious old afternoon...

"Chances were few and far between and I think the teams cancelled each other out. I didn’t have too much to do - a couple of saves. I’m obviously happy with a clean sheet and it’s a good point away.

"The defence was solid again. I thought we looked very organised, we just couldn’t get the breakthrough at the other end.

"Away from home you’ve got to protect the point a bit more than we would do at home. We were still going for it, but we’ll take a point going into Wednesday’s game against Rotherham, and hopefully take three points there."

...while wee Benny Osborn may not have got much sleep...

Leeds defender and former Forest loanee Scott Wootton had a spicy afternoon trying to keep Michail Antonio quiet...

"He's a very, very good player. He's got lightning pace, he's very strong, built like a 100-metre sprinter. So it was a very tough game for me and I'm very pleased to keep a clean sheet and to do alright."

Here are the highlights. Such as they are...

We'll go to the next game. Promise...