Arguably the biggest change Javi Gracia has implemented since replacing Jesse Marsch at Leeds is the reintroduction of width.
Where his American predecessor liked the team to play a narrow game, the Spaniard favours a more expansive approach with wingers no longer penalised for hugging the touchline.
Two of his wide boys duly repaid Gracia’s faith here with Jack Harrison and Luis Sinisterra not only scoring the vital goals but torturing Nottingham Forest’s full‑backs throughout.
Their game-changing input enabled Leeds to not only recover after falling behind but rise to the dizzy heights of 13th, albeit just two points above 17th-placed Forest in the tightest of relegation battles.
Only goal difference is keeping Steve Cooper’s travel-shy side out of the bottom three and, after eight games without a win, his job security seems in increasing jeopardy.
Not that Cooper appeared fazed by suggestions that he will be the 13th top flight manager sacked this season. “I understand and respect the question but I’m not the sort of guy that thinks like that,” he said.
In contrast Gracia has collected 10 points in six league games since his installation at Elland Road and was all smiles afterwards. “I’m really pleased, the performance was really good,” he said. “It’s a really important win. Our attitude was perfect. I’m very proud.”
Rightly or wrongly, Forest’s Emmanuel Dennis has a reputation for being high maintenance but few critics dispute the forward’s ability. Sure enough Dennis delighted in emphasising his quality by shocking Leeds and very nearly scoring when his volley ricocheted off the inside of a post following a connection with Brennan Johnson’s early corner.
With Luke Ayling failing to heed that warning Forest did score when a slick break concluded with Dennis cutting back for Orel Mangala to dodge his marker and send a low shot from the edge of the area curving beyond Illan Meslier’s reach.