Leeds United’s red mist clears as McDermott switches focus to Nottingham Forest clash (From York Press)
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Leeds United’s red mist clears as McDermott switches focus to Nottingham Forest clash
9:55am Saturday 28th December 2013 in Sport
LEEDS United boss Brian McDermott is keen to put aside the controversy of his side’s 1-1 draw at Blackpool and focus on tomorrow’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
The Whites travel to the City Ground knowing that a win will hoist them above their hosts and into fifth place in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Although McDermott felt referee Scott Mathieson cost his side victory against Blackpool on Boxing Day, he was happy to emerge with a point and extend the club’s unbeaten run to five games.
“Overall we’re happy,” he said. “Sometimes you go away from home and be solid, and we’ve done that.
“We’ve kept the points ticking over away from home and we move on to Nottingham Forest.”
Mathieson angered McDermott by failing to dismiss Blackpool defender Kirk Broadfoot in the draw at Bloomfield Road.
Broadfoot, who was eventually shown a straight red card in the final minute for a nasty challenge on Marius Zaliukas, hauled down Ross McCormack on the edge of the area when the striker was seemingly clean through on goal.
Mathieson produced only a yellow card and Blackpool eventually held on for a point.
Midway through the first half, Lee Peltier had nodded Leeds in front but Tom Ince’s 65th-minute deflected strike earned a point.
“The referee made an error when Ross McCormack ran through on goal,” said McDermott.
“It’s a massive moment in the match because he’s one-on-one with the goalkeeper and if he scores, which I’d back him to, then we probably go on to win the game.”
McDermott confirmed that there was no lasting damage suffered by Zaliukas after what he deemed a “nasty tackle”.
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