Leeds United faced off against a very resilient Nottingham Forest side who were determined to put the home side to the sword. To which a late goal salvaged a more than deserved point.
Marcelo Bielsa made three changes for the game with Nottingham Forest; Stuart Dallas, Pontus Jansson Adam Forshaw came into the starting eleven, Ezgjan Alioski moved to left wing with Dallas at left back. Samuel Siaz was surprisingly dropped to the bench.
Before the game there was a minute silence for the ‘fallen’ but unfortunately it was ruined by a few fans in South Stand shouting ‘Scabs’ at the away section of the West Stand.
It’s a shame when something as important as remembering those that gave their lives to protect our country are forgotten by some!
Remembering the ones who gave so much for their country. Leeds and Forest players pay their respect.
Leeds will be thinking that this was two points dropped because their possession stats showed they deserved the three points, but as I’ve mentioned previously it’s goals that win goals.
Throughout the game they (Leeds) tried to pass their way through a dogged defence. What annoyed me and most of the 34,000 plus crowd was that another goal was gifted to the opposition, Robinson rising highest to head the ball past Peacock-Farrell on eleven minutes. 1-0 Forest.
From that point Leeds struggled to test Pantimillion in the Forest goal, Roofe had two chances that normally he would put away, this time the ball went past the upright, considering they were in front Forest were content to sit back and soak up the pressure and try to hit Leeds on the break.
Leeds lost Luke Ayling to a leg injury and the popular right back looked visibly distressed as he was helped off the pitch and down the tunnel. Forest ahead at the break.
The second half followed the same pattern with Leeds drove on by the impressive Adam Forshaw and Pablo Hernandez, with all the possession it seemed only a matter of time before the Forest net would bulge.
Substitute Jack Clarke came close with a shot from outside the box, he was introduced with Samuel Siaz as Leeds desperately tried to grab an equaliser. Finally it came with less than ten minutes to play, Jack Clarke fired a ball across the penalty area and it was fired back across by Mateusz Klich. Waiting to pounce was Kemar🔥Roofe, it hit his knee and bounced up unto his forearm and into the empty net.
Despite numerous Forest player’s protests the referee gave the goal after consultations with his linesman. Leeds could have even won it if Pablo Hernandez’s audacious flick had gone in, instead it agonisingly went past the far post.
Kemar🔥Roofe nets the equaliser.
Man of the Match: Adam Forshaw, impressive in midfield and just shaded the MOTM from Pablo Hernandez.
Recently we’ve struggled to get back our ‘mojo’ but the commitment is definitely there, with a bit more luck Pablo’s late chance would have given Leeds the points and made it six points out of two games, alas it didn’t but there was enough on show to keep the faithful happy.
The game was also poignant as the club and fans remembered one of it's most loyal supporters Edna Newton, she had followed the team since the 1930’s and was a regular in the John Charles Stand. She passed away earlier in the week and her life was celebrated by supporters with applause on the 64th minute of the game with Nottingham Forest.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time. She will be missed by all.
Edna with Billy and the floral tribute put on her seat by club as a tribute to her.
By Keith Ingham