McDermott writing up summer shopping list

Brian McDermott.
Brian McDermott.
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Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has a list of players he would like to bring in over the summer to strengthen a squad that has failed to challenge for the play-offs this season and which failed to cope with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road yesterday.

New owner Massimo Cellino is currently abroad, but McDermott is planning a meeting with him to discuss recruitment strategy when he returns.

McDermott said: “We definitely need to look at bringing players in and making changes to the squad. I have a list of targets and we have to try and do the deals. I will have a meeting with Massimo when he returns this week.

“We have seen that kind of performance too many times this season and it is something we have to address in the summer. We have to make sure the squad is up for the challenge next season.”

The game was just one minute and 32 seconds old when the ball was threaded through the centre of the Leeds defence to Matt Derbyshire, who netted.

The lead doubled when Derbyshire took advantage of a slip by Leeds defender Scott Wootton by clipping an angled shot past Jack Butland from 12 yards.

Forest replaced limping goalkeeper Dorus De Vries with Dimitar Evtimov 10 minutes from the end and he saved Matt Smith’s stoppage-time header.

Derbyshire scored the winner against Birmingham on Saturday and his two goals in the opening 16 minutes at Leeds left Forest one place and a point outside the top six.

The striker has started only six games this season, but caretaker manager Gary Brazil said: “Matt has had the opportunity and grabbed it. He has done really well on the training ground and I think he has a very positive mentality which is vitally important for any striker. He runs into spaces behind the opposition’s back four which is encouraging for us because it frightens the life out of the opposition.”

Leeds United: Butland, Wootton, Lees, Pearce, Warnock (Pugh 71), Brown, Murphy,Tonge (Mowatt 72), Austin, Hunt (Smith 60), McCormack. Unused substitutes: White, Poleon, Stewart, Cairns.

Nottingham Forest: De Vries (Evtimov 80), Halford, Lascelles, Collins, Harding, McLaughlin, Vaughan (Greening 54), Osborn, Mackie, Derbyshire, Paterson (Jara 82). Unused substitutes: Henderson, Tudgay, Majewski, Abdoun.

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

Man of the match: Stephen Warnock.