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Nottingham Forest 2-1 Leeds United

Matt Derbyshire scored a superb winner as Nottingham Forest maintained their promotion push with victory over Leeds.

Promotion rivals Leeds looked to have secured a point when Ross McCormack fired home in the 83rd-minute to cancel out Greg Halford's first-half header.

But Derbyshire came up with a 25-yard stunner just a minute later.

Forest claimed consecutive wins for the first time since August and are now only five points behind second-placed Derby in the Championship table.

Billy Davies's Forest team are unbeaten in their last six matches and this victory follows their 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.

Forest defender Halford rose to power in a header at the far post from Andy Reid's free-kick to put the home side into the lead midway through the first half.

Two minutes later, it might have been 2-0 to the home side, with Reid seeing a spectacular dipping shot skim the roof of the net.

Leeds were clearly aware of the threat posed by Reid, who was clattered for the third time in the game, this time by Rodolph Austin, who was booked.

Djamel Abdoun drew a save from Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny before Reid smashed an effort against the outside of the post.

And it looked to have been a pivotal moment when Leeds almost immediately charged up the other end of the pitch to equalise.

Following a melee in the box, the ball broke for McCormack and he lashed a low shot inside the post.

But, almost straight from the kick-off, Forest were ahead again, courtesy of Derbyshire's spectacular strike.

The defeat for Leeds means they slip out of the play-off positions to seventh.

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies:

"There was a clear objective at the start of the season. The objective was to be in the top six in January.

"Having been here before - having found ourselves, in the middle of January, five points clear of third place and then not doing the business we should have done in January - we then found ourselves in the play-offs at the end of the season.

"From experience, I have had a good chat with the chairman, to tell him that the January window is very important. Having achieved our first objective, our second objective is to do some good business in the window, to give us a little lift and a push that will help us to towards the end of the season.

"Then hopefully we can achieve objective number three, which is to be in the mix come the end of the season."

Leeds boss Brian McDermott:

"It is evident where we are, we need to add to the squad, to add to the players we have got. We have a bunch of players who are giving us everything.

"But we know we need to add to the squad. I have given four names to the owners, we will see if we can do a deal when it comes to the money.

"I expect Forest to be up there, with the spending power they have. They have spent a lot of money over the years. Good luck to them.

"There is no quick fix for us, it is going to take time. I think the fans appreciate that. We will keep that improvement going and see where we are."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 18JaraBooked at 56mins
  • 2Lichaj
  • 10Lansbury
  • 16Lascelles
  • 25Hobbs
  • 28MajewskiSubstituted forChalobahat 73'minutes
  • 11Reid
  • 15Halford
  • 12MackieSubstituted forCoxat 84'minutes
  • 39AbdounSubstituted forDerbyshireat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Harding
  • 7Chalobah
  • 21Paterson
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29de Vries
  • 31Cox
  • 38Osborn

Leeds

  • 1Kenny
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forByramat 70'minutes
  • 16Pugh
  • 5Pearce
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 4Lees
  • 6MurphyBooked at 69mins
  • 8AustinBooked at 40mins
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forPoleonat 86'minutes
  • 20Smith
  • 17BrownBooked at 23minsSubstituted forAriyibiat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Varney
  • 15Warnock
  • 18Tonge
  • 25Byram
  • 26Poleon
  • 27Ariyibi
  • 33Cairns
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
26,854

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Leeds United 1.
Attempt saved. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Simon Cox.
Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).
Attempt saved. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Halford.
Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).
Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).
Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).
Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Ross McCormack.
Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Leeds United 1. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox replaces Jamie Mackie.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 1. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Nathaniel Chalobah tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gboly Ariyibi (Leeds United).
Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).
Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Radoslaw Majewski.
Offside, Leeds United. Rodolph Austin tries a through ball, but Sam Byram is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Gboly Ariyibi (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Sam Byram replaces Lee Peltier.

Booking

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Djamel Abdoun.
Attempt blocked. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Halford.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.
Attempt saved. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.
Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).
Gboly Ariyibi (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).
Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Michael Brown.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Radoslaw Majewski tries a through ball, but Djamel Abdoun is caught offside.

Booking

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).
Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Peltier with a cross.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Gonzalo Jara tries a through ball, but Djamel Abdoun is caught offside.
Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 0.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Mackie tries a through ball, but Djamel Abdoun is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.
Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

Booking

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2315351448
2Derby2313551944
3Burnley2312831744
4QPR2312741143
5Nottm Forest2310941039
6Ipswich23986935
7Leeds231058835
8Brighton23986735
9Reading23977234
10Blackpool23887-232
11Huddersfield23878531
12Blackburn23878131
13Watford23797630
14Wigan22868130
15Middlesbrough23788529
16Bournemouth238510-1029
17Birmingham23779128
18Bolton23689-526
19Charlton235810-823
20Millwall235711-2122
21Doncaster235612-2221
22Sheff Wed223109-919
23Yeovil234514-1817
24Barnsley233713-2116
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