Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil was proud of his side’s performance as they pushed promotion-chasing Leeds all way.
Leeds eventually ran out 2-0 winners at Elland Road as goals from Chris Wood and a stunning volley from Souleymane Doukara sealed the win for the home side.
Brazil felt The Reds looked the better team in the first half and was pleased with the team’s commitment.
He said: “In the first half I thought we looked the better team and I thought we got a couple of good chances that we didn’t take. We defended well and played some good football. We knew what the opposition was and that they were in a good run of form and we handled that very well.
“In the second half they upped the tempo and that is something that we need to work on. We have fallen away a little bit but we have conceded to a set piece and a worldy goal. I didn’t think there was much between the teams considering they are at the top and we are at the other end at this moment in time.
“We know we are going to get fitter and stronger as we keep working hard on the training ground and that is what we need to get better at. There wasn’t a lot in between the two teams and that is what we need to take back to Nottingham with us.”
Jack Hobbs went off with a slight hamstring injury just before the hour and Ben Brereton came on for his Forest debut as a second-half substitute.
Brazil said: “It didn’t help that we lost Jack Hobbs after 55-60 minutes. We had to take him off as he had a niggle in his hamstring to get him ready for Tuesday. That had an impact on us and we were disappointed to lose a goal from the set piece and the second you just have to stand back and applaud.
“We brought Ben on and gave him some first team football. I thought he helped the game and stretched it out and gave it some energy. We didn’t stop, we kept going right until the end and I am proud of that.
“It was disappointing not to get a result but I am pleased with the performance and proud of the players. We kept going and kept trying and we spoke about what a Forest team can do and what they can give. I said we can’t get a win every game but we will continue to work along these lines as it is the correct thing to do.
“It is a big learning curve as a team. We are asking them to play a slightly different way to what they have been earlier in the season. Leeds knew they were in the game and Garry Monk will admit to that. It was a tough game of football for them but they have come out on top.”