Luke Turton who was kind enough to do the ‘Interview with a rival’ pre game gives his thoughts on the1-1 draw at Elland Road.
The focus at half past eleven was whether Sabri Lamouchi was going to make any changes to his starting eleven for the upcoming game against Leeds.
The answer was no which meant that young winger Matty Cash would be playing a right back ahead of new signing Carl Jenkinson.
When the game started it was Leeds that saw more of the ball and when Forest did receive it the passing was very disjointed. There was a level of controversy when Adam Forshaw when down inside the box but my opinion on this matter is that he dived and therefore should have been booked.
There was another challenged by Kalvin Phillips on Forest midfielder Tiago Silva which was considered by most of the sky pundits and forest fans to be reckless and he was lucky to escape with a yellow card. It was a pretty poor first half from a Forest perspective and they would have been pleased to enter the break at 0-0.
Leeds really should have scored one or two in the first half.
Going into the second half and forest looked brighter but still shaky at the back and it wasn’t until Forest made a change which saw Tiago Silva replaced by Samba Sow, who sent a ball up to Alfa Semedo who struggled to control it that the first goal seem imminent.
It came when Pablo Hernandez received a through ball and finished superbly, then the writing was on the wall for Forest as they again conceded to their own mistakes in midfield a lot like last year.
Pablo puts Leeds ahead.
Forest then made two changes putting on Sammy Ameobi and Rafa Mir and managed to get themselves into the game when a corner came in and Rafa Mir shanked it at the back post to Grabban who chested it home. Leeds really paid the price for not clearing a corner.
There was a couple of penalty shouts from Leeds one which definitely wasn’t and one(on Stuart Dallas)that in my opinion Forest were lucky to get away with but one the whole a decent result for Forest but Leeds played better and I am sure if they carry on this way will be up there come May.
Good Luck Leeds.
Going to make the Man of the Match fair and pick a Forest and a Leeds one.
Forest= Matty Cash
Leeds= Pablo Hernandez
Thank you Luke, a good review of a game Leeds had enough chances to win, but if you don’t take them you are always at risk of your opponents getting a chance to equalise.
By Luke Turton