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Stephen Warnock criticises Leeds defending after draw against Nottingham Forest

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Stephen Warnock criticises Leeds defending after draw against Nottingham Forest

Stephen Warnock has told EFL on Quest (Saturday, 9pm) that Leeds United’s defending from set-pieces was the undoing of their hard work against Nottingham Forest, and suggested the Whites miss Pontus Jansson.

Leeds dominated from start to finish against Sabri Lamouchi’s side at Elland Road, finally taking the lead through Pablo Hernandez and after Patrick Bamford had hit the bar and missed numerous chances.

But the Whites failed to hold onto their slender lead, as Forest equalised with a scrappy goal from a Matt Cash corner during the last 15 minutes of the match. Lewis Grabban bundled the ball into the back of the net.

Former Leeds captain Warnock has urged his old side to work on their set-piece defending, and claimed that the loss of Jansson to Brentford this summer could effect Leeds when defending from dead-ball situations.

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“They struggled with set-pieces. If you consider the size of the players they had in the box last season with Pontus Jansson, are they missing that type of figure? They don’t clear the ball, they’ve got to do better,” Warnock said.

TBR’s view – White better on the ball, but Jansson better in the air

Warnock is right. Losing a player of Jansson’s presence at the back will certainly make Leeds more vulnerable from corners, but Ben White’s control and possession of the ball may outweigh the negatives.

Leeds still have plenty about them from dead-ball situations. Liam Cooper is superb in the air, while Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and White himself are all strong. But Jansson, 28, eclipses them all.

However, White’s ability with the ball on the deck certainly makes up for that. It remains to be seen if set-pieces becomes a problem for Leeds – or that Saturday’s goal was just a coincidence.

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