Nottingham Forest v Leeds
Team News: One change from Sunderland, Kemar Roofe replaces the injured Caleb Ekuban. Jay-Roy Grot starts on the bench. Rob Green not in the eighteen and is expected to join Huddersfield Town next week. Liam Bridcutt starts in midfield for Forest.
Team: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper(c), O'Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Siaz, Hernandez, Roofe.
Subs: Grot for Roofe (70), Dallas for Hernandez (75), Vieira for Phillips (88)
Leeds made a bright start to the game and went close inside six minutes, Samuel Saiz picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and only narrowly missed finding the top corner. At the other end, Kieran Dowell played a dangerous ball into the Leeds box, but Daryl Murphy was unable to get on the end of it. Pablo Hernandez had a decent opportunity, a Luke Ayling cross fell to him on the edge of the box and he fired a volley towards goal, but was unable to find the target. Leeds threatened from a corner in the 17th minute, Jordan Smith got a crucial hand to Hernandez’s cross, with Pontus Jansson lurking, before Kalvin Phillips fired wide with a low effort. In the 23rd minute Kemar Roofe won Leeds a free-kick midway into the Forest half, from the following set-piece, Liam Cooper headed the ball across goal and Roofe headed the ball into the back of the net from close range to give Leeds the lead.
Ezgjan Alioski, was a threat throughout the first half down the wing, then put a dangerous cross in looking for Roofe at the back post and the forward forced Smith into a decent save. Just after the half an hour mark, Forest went close from a corner, Felix Wiedwald made a really good save to deny Matt Mills. Two minutes later, Wiedwald was forced into action again, he rushed out to prevent Ben Osborn who had gone through on goal.
A mistake from Leeds gave Dowell possession in the Leeds half, he attempted to lob Wiedwald from range, but he couldn’t find the target. Just before the break, with Leeds on the counter attack, Saiz shot from range, but couldn’t find the target.
After the break Alisoki continued to threaten, this time from a free-kick he fired at goal forcing Smith into another good stop. Samu Saiz then did well to get to the byline and Roofe looking for his second goal, shot on the turn, but his effort was blocked. Leeds counter attacked well throughout the second half, Saiz was next to go close, firing just wide from the edge of the box. Alioski then tried his luck from range, but once again he couldn’t get the better of Smith in the Forest goal.
Six minutes from time substitute Stuart Dallas almost added a second for the Whites, he picked up the ball just inside the box on the left side and fired across goal just wide.Three minutes later, Leeds sealed the win, by doubling their lead through Alioski. He picked the ball outside the box, before delivering a beautiful strike into the bottom corner. Dallas and Saiz had opportunities in added time, but neither were able to hit the target with their efforts.
The win is United’s fourth clean sheet in a row in the Sky Bet Championship and Leeds’ third successive victory on the road. Leeds are the only team in the Football League to remain unbeaten (5 league games and 2 cup ties)
A very good display by Leeds; star performers O'Kane, Phillips in midfield, Pontus and Coops at the back and Alioski and Siaz ran the Forest rearguard ragged.
Man of the Match: Ezgjan Alioski, wing wizard and a cracking goal to finish off Forest.
Celebrate, good times!
Landmark: Leeds have now scored more goals this August than any other single season in the club's history (16). Thomas Christiansen is also the first Leeds manager to be unbeaten after seven league and cup games.
Thomas Christiansen: "This could probably be our best game so far, tactically we neutralised a very good Nottingham Forest side who had just beaten Middlesbrough and Newcastle. We have beaten them on their home ground and not only am I happy, I am also very proud of my players. Everyone was very good today, when you get the second goal you know that the game can be closed out, in that moment.
"This league is amazing, however, and even with five minutes left, you know that you can still concede goal, but it is great that we have kept four clean sheets now. It looks good on the table, but it is also good for the confidence of your defenders and your goalkeeper."
Mark Warburton: "No excuses, it was a off day. We talk about positives – but there were no positives today. We were below par all over the pitch; we were loose and we were sloppy. We lacked intensity and looked heavy legged, there is no excuse for that – because we had lots of fresh legs today. It surprised me, because we have been in good shape.
"We have got better and better with every game. It shocked me today, but it is a group thing. We win together and we lose together, today as group, we were below par. I don’t think we deserved to win a game of football today.”
Andrew Butterwick's blog on the superb 2-0 win at the City Ground
After your sad news hope that the win brightened what must have been a difficult week. My best.
Thank you Andrew.
Plenty of praise for Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, O'Kane, Phillips, Siaz and Alioski on social media today and rightly so.
Pretty much says it all!
Leeds United Ladies play their first game at Elland Road against Chester Le Street.
Helen Wagstaff, club captain said: "There’s a real buzz around the team and we’re all so excited and honoured to be playing at Elland Road on Sunday. Being part of the club means so much to us and it’s a massive stepping stone in making team progress."
Leeds won the game 1-0 thanks to Liuli Dyson's second half strike.
One out, one in: LUFC statements.
"Rob Green's contract has been terminated by mutual consent. The goalkeeper joined Leeds United as a free agent last summer from Queens Park Rangers and went on to make 48 appearances for the Whites.
We wish Rob well for his future"
"Leeds United can also confirm that goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has returned to Elland Road on a two year contract. Lonergan had previously represented Leeds between 2011 and 2012 making 38 appearances before moving to Bolton Wanderers. The experienced keeper, who has almost 400 professional games under his belt, joins the club on a free transfer having left Wolves this summer."
Andy Lonergan will now compete with Felix Weildwald and Bailey Peacock-Farrell for a place in Thomas Christiansen's starting 11.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has also been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
David Watkins steps in as an able substitute for Heidi Haigh:
Thank you David.
Following on from his selection for the Northern Ireland squad @bailey_pf said this on his Twitter page "Delighted to be called up to @NorthernIreland for the World Cup qualifiers. Looking for to the week ahead"
A few names are being mentioned as the transfer deadline approaches but nothing 'concrete', waiting for another ✍🏻 to appear on the club website.
Eunan O'Kane leaves the Republic of Ireland squad due to a groin 'complaint', the same injury kept the talented midfielder out for a period of time last season. O'Kane has been in superb form during the unbeaten start to the season. A key player for me.
Kalvin Phillips named in the EFL team of the week for the second time in the month of August.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga, a long term target of Victor Orta met with the Leeds United Director of Football after flying in from Germany. It is rumoured that a deal to loan the striker until the end of the seas has been agreed between Hamburg and Leeds. Aston Villa were also expected to speak to him whilst he was in England.
Other player's mentioned today, Dwight Gale of Newcastle and Danny Ings of Liverpool, cannot see Leeds' wage structure stretching to these players.
The new, soon to be open 'Legends Lounge' in East Stand have included three more players to the already glittering array of past players who will be in attendance in the venue; Nigel Martyn, Paul Robinson and Luciano Becchio have been added to the list that already includes Danny Mills, Lee Bowyer, Ian Harte and Gary Kelly. The official opening is before the game with Burton Albion on the 9th of September.
Connor Shaughnessy is called up for the Republic of Ireland's under 23 squad. A superb month for the lad from Galway.
No @SkybetChamp goalkeeper who has featured has made fewer saves per game than Felix Wiedwald in 2017/18 (1.2). Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper, Connor Shaughnessy, Vurnon Anita, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson take a big bow! Strength in defence.
Thanks to @LUFCDATA.
Another player signing an extended deal with the club, good times!
Leeds United are pleased to confirm that midfielder Stuart Dallas has agreed a new 3 year deal with the club. The Northern Ireland International will remain at Elland Road until the end of the 2019/20 season, 26 year old Dallas joined The Whites from Brentford in 2015 and has gone on to make 90 appearances for the club scoring 9 goals, the most recent strike coming in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland at The Stadium of Light earlier this month.
Despite not featuring in the opening game of the season at Bolton, Dallas has gone on to play six times during the early stages of the 2017/18 campaign.
Stuart Dallas is the 7th first team player to agree a new contract at Leeds United this summer following Ronaldo Vieira, Gaetano Berardi, Tyler Denton, Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane and captain Liam Cooper all putting pen to paper in recent weeks. He commented "Leeds is where I want to be. This is my home."
Definitely one of the unsung heroes of the current squad. Superb news.
Thursday 31/8 (Transfer Deadline Day)
One in! Pawel Cibicki
The 23 year old forward, who can also operate on the wing, has signed a 4 year deal at the club. Cibicki made 30 starts for Malmo scoring 12 times, and also enjoyed a loan spell at Jönköpings Södra IF in 2016 scoring 10 goals.
Although the player represented Poland at both Under 19 and Under 21 level, he has gone on to represent Sweden U23's 10 times scoring once.
Cibicki will wear the number 22 shirt for The Whites.
Two in! Pierre-Michel Lasogga
Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Pierre-Michel Lasogga on a season-long loan from Hamburg SV following the successful completion of a medical.
The 25 year old German forward has played at the top level in Germany, initially joining Hamburg on loan from Hertha Berlin in 2013, scoring 13 goals in 18 starts, before making the move to the Volksparkstadion permanent in July 2014. Since then, Lasogga has went on to find the net 30 times in 107 games for Hamburg. Lasogga represented German Under 21’s between 2011 and 2013 scoring 4 times in 11 appearances.
The 6ft 2in striker becomes Thomas Christiansen’s 16th signing of the summer transfer window and will wear our famous 9 shirt.
Leeds United FC Signings June to August. It's a pretty impressive list too!
Jansson, Sacko, Klich, Wieldwald, Anita, Ekuban, Gomez, Pennington, Borthwick-Jackson, Saiz, Alioski, Bouy, Grot, Lonergan, Cibicki, Lassoga.
Total money paid out well under twenty million pounds, congratulations to Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta for doing some sensible business and bringing in some quality players. Ground paid for too!
Money in, over twenty two million pounds, good business if you ask me.
It's superb to support a team on the up, a great win at Forest followed by two players brought in with potential. Enjoy the break, if that is possible. I'll be back after the break.
By Keith Ingham