By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan claimed it would have been a “different story” for Leeds if Chris Wood had not squandered two excellent headed chances in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley.

The Championship pace-setters extended their lead to four points after holding on to the advantage given to them by Scott Arfield’s strike after just one minute.

Leeds would have left Turf Moor with at least a point had Wood not fluffed two golden opportunities to add to his nine league goals this season.

The striker was preferred up front to fellow joint top scorer Mirco Antenucci but was unable to follow up his goal in midweek against QPR by netting for the second time in five days.

“When you get your chances, you have to take them, and Leeds have had two fantastic chances headed wide,” ex-Elland Road striker Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds in the aftermath of the game.

“There are some positives to come out of the game but the be all and end all of it is that they’ve lost. If Chris Wood had got that first header, it would have been a different story.

“It was a nervous Burnley and Leeds were putting them under lots of pressure but not taking any of their chances.”

It was the third defeat in four matches for Steve Evans’ team and cemented their position of 15th in the Championship table, although they could plunge even lower following the Saturday afternoon fixtures.

In other Leeds news, owner Massimo Cellino has already made a decision about the future of Evans, according to former Elland Road striker Noel Whelan.