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Leeds United v Nottingham Forest

Team news:
Leeds United XI: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper (C), Dallas, Phillips, Hernandez, Forshaw, Klich, Alioski, Roofe Subs: Roberts, Saiz Alonso, Pearce, Blackman, Baker, Shackleton, Clarke

Nottingham Forest XI: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox (C), Robinson, Guedioura, Colback, Cash, Carvalho, Lolley, Grabban Subs: Janko, Soudani, Watson, Osborn, Steele, Dawson, Dias

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Leeds defenders Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas miss out due to hamstring injuries, meanwhile Pontus Jansson returns to the starting line-up after completing his suspension.
As for Forest, midfielder Matty Cash comes into the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute against Bolton last week, and captain Danny Fox passes a late fitness test to start the game at Elland Road.

The teams are out as ‘Marching on Together’ rings around a packed out Elland Road.
There will be a minutes’ silence to remember those who gave their lives during the World wars.
The stadium is in complete silence as the last post is played.

1’ Leeds get the game underway here. They will end the day top of the league if they win here today
2’ Early chance for Leeds as the ball is played into the box but pantilimon gets there just ahead of Roofe to punch the ball away from danger
4’ A Leeds free-kick comes to nothing as the ball is cleared and Forest try to counter but cash falls in the box and Peacock-Farrell collects the ball with ease.
5’ Free-kick to Forest after a foul by Phillips
7’ Leeds moving the ball around nicely having all the early possession
10’ Forest win the first corner of the game


11’ The corner finds jack Robinson who heads home past Peacock-Farrell from around 12 yards out. The ball went right into the bottom left corner, assisted by Joe Lolley. Leeds fans are stunned! Their team have had all of the ball but trail here by a goal to nil.
13’ Foul by Kemar Roofe of Leeds
16’ Chance for Leeds. Hernandez has a shot deflected that forces Pantilimon to palm it away for a corner
17’ The corner comes to nothing at first, but the ball is eventually played to Roofe who hits it a few yards wide on the half volley
18’ Foul by Carvalho in the Leeds box
19’ Free kick to Leeds to the left of the Forest box in a dangerous position
20’ Hernandez’ delivery is poor but it deflects off a Forest player for a corner
21’ Robinson wins a free kick for Forest on the edge of their own box
23’ Luke Ayling is down for Leeds after a bad challenge from Danny Fox
24’ Ayling is down once again and it looks like his day could be over
25’ Substitution for Leeds United. Tom Pearce replaces Luke Ayling because of an injury
26’ Matty Cash fires a shot just wide from the edge of the box
27’ Another corner to Forest, won by Lewis Grabban
28’ The corner leads to a free kick to Leeds
30’ Close for Leeds! Hernandez shoots and it falls to Alioski in the six yard box but he’s offside. The wide man slipped over anyway as he went to shoot
33’ Corner to Leeds after Hernandez’ cross is blocked
34’ The corner is headed away easily and after some more build up play a cross finds its way into the arms of pantilimon
35’ Corner to Leeds, it comes to nothing and is easily dealt with by the Forest defence
40’ Forshaw’s shot is just wide from outside the box after some clever build up play
42’ Offside. Leeds trying to fashion another chance but Alioski gets caught offside
44’ It looked as though it should have been a corner to Leeds but the linesman judged the ball to be already out of play when it came off a Forest player
45’ The fourth official indicates that there will be two minutes of added time
45+2’ Alioski commits a foul on the halfway line


A frustrating half for the hosts, where they have had 72% possession but have managed just one shot on target and trail by a goal to nil courtesy of a Jack Robinson goal from a corner.

Liam Rosenior “It’s a poor way to give a corner away in the first place and when the corner comes in its poor defensive discipline and you can see why Leeds concede so many goals from corners.”

The teams come back out and Nottingham Forest will get play restarted
46’ early attack from Leeds but it comes to nothing as the ball bounces off Hernandez and out for a goal kick to the away side
48’ Offside. Carvalho is caught offside for Forest
49’ Forest captain Danny Fox is down injured and is being treated by medical staff
50’ Danny Fox is going to have to be replaced here. Michael Dawson is his replacement and he takes the captains armband
52’ Corner to Leeds, conceded by Guedioura
53’ Leeds try to take it quickly and a bad one-two between Hernandez and Forshaw leads to a Forest goal kick. Very wasteful from Leeds
55’ alioski wins a free kick for Leeds on the left wing
56’ Corner to Forest
57’ Jansson heads it onto alioski who clears for a Forest throw on the left
58’ Alioski picks up the ball around five yards outside the Forest box but his shot is well over
60’ Tom Pearce wins a free kick for Leeds in his own half
61’ Free kick to Leeds inside their own half, won by Jansson and Grabban will be booked for committing the foul
63’ Free kick to Forest on the left wing in a dangerous position, conceded by Phillips who will be booked
64’ Peacock-Farrell collects easily after a poor delivery
65’ Substitutions for Leeds. Kalvin Phillips is replaced by Samuel Saiz and Tom Pearce is replaced by Jack Clark
66’ Clark gets the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and bends a shot just over to the right of the goal
68’ Colback goes flying in on Jansson in Leeds’s half and receives a yellow card
69’ Substitution for Forest. Joe Lolley is replaced by Ben Osborn
70’ Corner to Leeds after some great defending by Figueiredo
71’ Clark fizzes a dangerous ball across the Forest box but no one is there to get a touch on it
73’ Saiz curls a ball into the box but it falls harmlessly into the hands of Pantilimon
74’ Leeds have had 88% possession in the last 10 minutes but have no reward for it as of yet
75’ Freekick to Forest after a nudge by Kemar Roofe inside the Forest half
76’ Clark thought he was in but the referee suggests he fouled a Forest defender as he drove into the box
78’ Foul by Kemar Roofe on the edge of the Forest six-yard box
80’ Foul by Guedioura inside his own half

82’ Wow! That’s a very controversial goal. Klich smashes the ball across the box and Roofe appears to hit the ball in with his hand inside the six-yard box. Forest players are furious! But the goal stands and its 1-1
83’ Play is eventually retarted after a lengthy check on that goal by the officials
86’ Freekick to Leeds on the left wing
87’ Substitution for Forest. Matty Cash is replaced by Gil Dias
88’ Foul by Carvalho Leeds to a booking for the Forest man
89’ Dias is booked for a foul on the halfway line. Forest players are getting very frustrated right now
90’ The ball is played into the box but Roofe’s header is easily collected by Pantilimon. Therer will be five minuted added on! Will we have a winner?
90+2’ Clark whips in a cross but pantilimon catches with ease
90+3’ Close for Leeds! Alioski plays a ball into the six-yard box but Hernandez turns it just passed the post on the right-hand side
90+5’ Foul by Grabban and Leeds have one final chance to score, but Forest clear


And that’s game over! Forest will feel very hard done by after Kemar Roofe looked to have handled the ball into the net. They leave Elland Road with just a point after leading for so long.

Kemar Roofe: “It’s up to the linesman to make the decision and he gave it. We were the better side and deserved that goal”


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