Two of the divisions most in-form teams had to settle for a point after a forgettable 0-0 draw was watched by almost 31,000 people at Elland Road.
Considering the amount of goals produced when the two sides have met in recent years, as well as the impressive form of both teams, you could have been forgiven for thinking that this afternoon’s game was the fixture to watch in the division, despite the clubs having nothing left to play for this season.
Probably the best chance in the game came in the 10th minute for the hosts, Alex Mowatt’s hard work and persistence saw him rob former Whites loanee Eric Lichaj in an enticing position just outside the box – he set the ball back for the onrushing Murphy, who’s shot was blocked and inadvertently found it’s way to Charlie Taylor who forced the best out of keeper Karl Darlow, just when he thought he was going to open his account for Leeds.
Michael Antonio was dragging his side up the pitch with his direct running, but another solid performance from Scott Wootton stopped arguably Forest’s biggest threat and kept him quiet for the majority of the game.
Ben Osborn was next to try to break through United’s impressive back four but his shot was easily dealt with, whilst at the other end Steve Morison’s central strike, 20 yards from goal, ended up going out for a throw-in; much summing up both sides quality in the final third.
United then had a fairy strong appeal for a penalty turned down in the last action of the first half. Another strong run from Lewis Cook took him into the box, before he slipped the ball through Jamaal Lascelles legs and went down to what appeared to be clear obstruction from the centre back.
The second period started with the game threatening to kick into life. Antonio worked his way into a shooting position but Silvestri was equal to his tame effort. Charlie Taylor then intercepted a pass, drove with the ball towards goal and hit a powerful effort just over the top of the bar.
Both sides continued to struggle to create many clear-cut opportunities. As the game ran towards the 70-minute mark, Chris Burke was picked out in the box and he twisted and turned before another weak effort was stopped with ease by the Leeds stopper.
Mirco Antenucci, subject of strong interest from promotion chasing Norwich City, was introduced for the ineffective Morison shortly after and looked lively, staking his claims for a recall back to the starting lineup on Wednesday night at Fulham.
The Italian almost won it for Leeds late on, Mowatt’s effort was blocked and landed at the feat of the 30 year-old striker, but Darlow was again equal to his strike.
The teams could have played on for another 90 minutes and the score still would’ve probably ended up goalless as the referee brought a welcome end to a dull contest.
Reporter – Alex Mulvey