Two early goals from Matt Derbyshire earned Nottingham Forest a win at Leeds that moves them within a point of the play-off places.

Derbyshire found the corner after collecting a pass from debutant Stephen McLaughlin after only 91 seconds.

The striker scored a second after 15 minutes when he drove in after Scott Wootton failed to clear.

Derbyshire in the goals

Matt Derbyshire's double moves him on to nine goals for the season and he has only beaten that tally once, in a loan spell at Wrexham in 2005-06.

Ross McCormack went closest to pulling one back with a free-kick that flew narrowly wide.

Derbyshire was given just a sixth start for Forest this season and wasted no time in finishing from former Derry midfielder McLaughlin, who had a loan spell at Bristol City earlier this season.

The 28-year-old then seized on Wootton's error to finish for his fourth goal in three matches.

McCormack just missed with a free-kick shortly before half-time and Luke Murphy's shot deflected off Noel Hunt and straight to goalkeeper Dorus de Vries after the interval.

De Vries palmed away another free-kick from McCormack that glanced off the wall, Danny Pugh's cross bounced away off the bar and Forest's substitute goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov saved from Matt Smith's header late on.

A first away win since 11 February and a second consecutive victory maintain Forest's hopes of a top-six finish, while Leeds are 16th after a sixth defeat in eight matches.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"We definitely need to look at bringing players in and making changes to the squad. I have a list of targets and we have to try and do the deals.

"I will have a meeting with [owner] Massimo [Cellino] when he returns this week.

"We have seen that kind of performance too many times this season and it is something we have to address in the summer. We have to make sure the squad is up for the challenge of next season."

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil:

"[Derbyshire] has done really well on the training ground and I think he has a very positive mentality which is vitally important for any striker.

"He runs into spaces behind the opposition's back four which is encouraging for us because it frightens the life out of the opposition. He is performing at a very high level.

"I was very pleased with our performance. After going two up we handled everything Leeds could throw at us and defended like men. I was very impressed and proud of them."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Leeds United

  • 30 Butland
  • 22 Wootton
  • 15 Warnock (Pugh - 71' )
  • 17 Brown
  • 04 Lees Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 06 Murphy
  • 08 Austin
  • 44 McCormack
  • 10 Hunt (Smith - 60' )
  • 18 Tonge (Mowatt - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 14 White
  • 16 Pugh
  • 20 Smith
  • 26 Poleon
  • 28 Stewart
  • 33 Cairns
  • 36 Mowatt

Nottingham Forest

  • 29 de Vries (Evtimov - 80' )
  • 15 Halford
  • 03 Harding
  • 24 Vaughan (Greening - 54' )
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 05 Collins
  • 30 McLaughlin
  • 38 Osborn
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 12 Mackie Booked
  • 21 Paterson (Jara - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Henderson
  • 14 Greening
  • 18 Jara
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 26 Evtimov
  • 28 Majewski
  • 39 Abdoun
Ref: Iain Williamson
Att: 20,517

Match Stats

Shots

25 5

On target

3 5

Corners

7 1

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

90:00 +5:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

90:00 +3:12

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Dimitar Evtimov.

90:00 +3:10

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Pugh with a cross.

90:00 +2:25

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:25

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +1:09

Attempt missed. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +0:31

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

88:34

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Lees.

87:19

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodolph Austin with a headed pass.

85:24

Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross following a corner.

85:08

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Danny Collins.

85:05

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Pugh.

81:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gonzalo Jara replaces Jamie Paterson.

79:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dimitar Evtimov replaces Dorus de Vries because of an injury.

79:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:17

Delay in match Dorus de Vries (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

77:23

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Danny Collins.

77:20

Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

72:52

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:52

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

71:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Michael Tonge because of an injury.

71:08

Delay in match Michael Tonge (Leeds United) because of an injury.

70:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Danny Pugh replaces Stephen Warnock because of an injury.

70:21

Attempt missed. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

69:05

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

68:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:35

Delay in match Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) because of an injury.

64:53

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:14

Delay in match Matt Smith (Leeds United) because of an injury.

61:58

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

60:49

Attempt missed. Scott Wootton (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

60:08

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:08

Dangerous play by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Noel Hunt.

58:56

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

57:56

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

56:37

Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:42

Delay in match Dorus de Vries (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

55:16

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.

55:13

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

54:33

Noel Hunt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:33

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

53:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jonathan Greening replaces David Vaughan.

53:17

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

53:17

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:23

Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

51:22

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

51:05

Michael Brown (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:05

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

47:58

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Noel Hunt.

47:20

Attempt blocked. Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

45:00 +4:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

45:00 +0:35

Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

45:00 +0:35

Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:29

Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:56

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

43:17

Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

42:13

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wootton with a cross.

41:47

Michael Brown (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:47

Foul by Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest).

41:05

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:05

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

39:30

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

38:44 Booking

Booking Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

38:23

Hand ball by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

36:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:23

Delay in match Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

33:19

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Stephen McLaughlin.

32:40

Attempt saved. Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

32:16

Dangerous play by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

32:16

Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:06

Offside, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

30:12

Michael Brown (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:12

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

29:04

Attempt blocked. Noel Hunt (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross.

28:43

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Stephen McLaughlin.

23:10

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Noel Hunt with a headed pass.

22:00

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

22:00

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:02 Booking

Booking Tom Lees (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:46

Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

18:46

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:57

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:57

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

15:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Nottingham Forest 2. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

13:37

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Harding tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

12:44

Attempt missed. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

8:49

Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Mackie with a cross.

1:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a through ball.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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