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Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United

Matty Fryatt
Matty Fryatt celebrates a goal before it is ruled out for offside

Matty Fryatt scored one goal and was denied two more as Nottingham Forest were held by Leeds at the City Ground.

The former Hull striker put the home side ahead in the first half when he turned the ball in from close range.

But he had two goals chalked off for offside, with replays showing that the forward was fractionally onside.

Leeds, with only one win in five games, equalised after the break when Billy Sharp converted from the spot after Danny Fox had brought down Sam Byram.

Forest created the better chances and should have taken all three points.

They were unlucky not to have taken the lead before the opener when the recalled Fryatt turned in Michail Antonio's shot. Fryatt was deemed to be offside, but television replays showed he was played on by full-back Byram.

Mirco Antenucci and Danny Fox
Mirco Antenucci (left) had a shot well saved while Danny Fox (right) gave away a penalty

Alex Mowatt also went close for the visitors with a shot that was deflected wide, while Karl Darlow produced a remarkable save with his legs to prevent Mirco Antenucci's effort from flying in.

Forest finally beat Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri when Fryatt was on hand to convert Michael Mancienne's header from close range.

Leeds hit back after the break when Sharp blasted in from the spot after Byram had been brought down by Fox, who was sporting a dyed beard in aid of charity.

Forest looked the more likely winners though.

Antonio forced a great save from Silvestri, who also kept out Robert Tesche's firm effort and the dangerous Fryatt once again had an effort from eight yards ruled out for offside.

Failure to win sees Forest miss out on the chance to close the gap on eighth-place Blackburn, while Leeds are now in 18th. The Yorkshire side face fellow strugglers Wigan on Boxing Day before a trip to promotion challengers Derby.

Forest, meanwhile, are seven points shy of the play-off places and face a tricky trip to high-flying Middlesbrough after Christmas.

Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

"Both offside decisions were level at best. We felt we scored two good goals.

"I'm sure the officials will improve next week. I'm sure they will learn by it. When you score three good goals you are disappointed when the opposition respond - we gave away a poor penalty.

"My players are playing in a nervous manner and maybe they should throw the shackles off a touch and play with a little bit more composure."

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn:

"We applied ourselves really well.

"The performances have been getting better away from home but today there was a resilience and toughness about us.

"We deserved a bit of luck with the offside goals. We've been there plenty of times ourselves."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2LichajBooked at 82mins
  • 6Wilson
  • 13Fox
  • 17HuntSubstituted forBurkeat 70'minutes
  • 32Tesche
  • 4MancienneBooked at 23minsSubstituted forPatersonat 89'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 18AntonioBooked at 73mins
  • 7Fryatt
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forAssombalongaat 41'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 16Lascelles
  • 19Ince
  • 21Paterson
  • 27Burke
  • 29de Vries
  • 38Osborn

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 2ByramBooked at 24mins
  • 3Warnock
  • 6Pearce
  • 32Cooper
  • 27Mowatt
  • 23L Cook
  • 14Bianchi
  • 9Oliveira TavaresSubstituted forMorisonat 66'minutes
  • 8SharpSubstituted forTongeat 77'minutes
  • 34AntenucciSubstituted forDoukaraat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Berardi
  • 13Taylor
  • 18Tonge
  • 19Morison
  • 26Montenegro
  • 29Doukara
  • 35Del Fabro
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
22,664

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 1.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson replaces Michael Mancienne.

Attempt saved. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Mirco Antenucci.

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Steve Morison (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest).

Marco Silvestri (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Steve Morison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Tonge replaces Billy Sharp.

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chris Burke replaces Jack Hunt.

Offside, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Lewis Cook is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Steve Morison replaces Adryan.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest).

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

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Robert Tesche tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth22126450252542
2Ipswich22118334201441
3Brentford2212463729840
4Middlesbrough22116535171839
5Derby22116540231739
6Watford22115639231638
7Norwich2297637261134
8Blackburn229763431334
9Nottm Forest2271053227531
10Wolves228772532-731
11Cardiff228682930-130
12Charlton2261242324-130
13Fulham2284103539-428
14Sheff Wed2261061621-528
15Birmingham227782432-828
16Bolton2275102328-526
17Reading2274112637-1125
18Leeds2266102532-724
19Rotherham225981827-924
20Huddersfield2266102739-1224
21Millwall225892332-923
22Brighton2231092230-819
23Wigan2238112230-817
24Blackpool2227131739-2213
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