Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he set his side up to kill Leeds off on the break at The City Ground this evening.
The match ended 1-1 after Nelson Oliveira’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Sam Byram in the closing stages.
It was an open affair with the result in the balance until the death and Freedman revealed after the match that he had hoped to put daylight between the teams before Byram brought Leeds back into the contest.
The Reds manager said: “I was trying to go and win the game two or three-nil because I think that’s the only way you can beat Leeds. Doing so, I increase my chances of losing but also of winning. We felt if we had a good structure we could hit them on the counter attack. I felt it was a gameplan that was working.
“Credit to Leeds, their fans demand that their team goes for 95 minutes and they did that. I didn’t see my goalkeeper get worked too much. Of course we’re disappointed with the goal but it was a fantastic strike.”
Forest created a number of openings as they attempted to increase their tally but a telling final ball was proving elusive.
And Freedman acknowledged that was his team’s downfall not only today, but on other occasions this season.
He said: “That was the disappointing thing from my point of view. When we were 1-0 up we had two or three great opportunities – we were four-v-two at one stage – but we just didn’t pick the right pass.
“It’s something we have been guilty of and it’s something we’re working on.”