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Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United

Sam Byram
Sam Byram was left out for a month as his contract runs out but has now scored three times in his past three games

Sam Byram hit a late low strike to end Nottingham Forest's winning home run and give Leeds a point.

Byram, who could leave the club next month, drove in from 25 yards to score with Leeds' first shot on target.

Earlier Nelson Oliveira took advantage of a mix-up in the Leeds defence to give Forest the lead.

Leeds dominated possession throughout but were poor in front of goal until Byram's strike, while Forest sub Oliver Burke hit the post in the 90th minute.

A Forest winner would have been hard on Leeds, who became the first team to take a point from the City Ground since late October.

The visitors looked slick on the ball early on but were undone by Matt Mills' long ball over the top. Centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci and goalkeeper Marco Silvestri both failed to clear, allowing Oliveira to go on and tap into an empty net.

Mills then had a header cleared off the line by Luke Murphy, and Forest substitute Jamie Ward had a shot turned over by Silvestri before Leeds mounted a late challenge.

Byram, whose contract expires at the end of the season and is expected to be sold in January, picked the ball up in space in a central area and shot low into the corner.

Leeds substitute Mirco Antenucci then sliced badly wide as Steve Evans' side came to life, with Chris Wood fluffing a close-range effort straight at Dorus de Vries.

It was Forest who came closer to winning a sixth home Championship game in a row though when Burke's miscued volley beat Silvestri and hit the base of the post.

The draw extends both sides' unbeaten records and leaves Leeds in 12th and Forest 13th in the Championship table - seven and eight points behind the play-off places respectively.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman talking to the club website:

"I was trying to go and win the game two or three-nil because that's the only way you can beat Leeds. Doing so, I increase my chances of losing but also of winning.

"We felt if we had a good structure we could hit them on the counter attack. I felt it was a gameplan that was working.

"Credit to Leeds, their fans demand their team goes for 95 minutes and they did that. I didn't see my goalkeeper get worked too much. Of course we're disappointed with the goal but it was a fantastic strike."

Leeds manager Steve Evans on Sky Sports:

"If it's a boxing match the towel would have come in. For all our dominance we made a mistake on the breakaway.

"Some of our play in the second half was exceptional. We opened them up a number of times and on another day we go on to win.

"I am a manager that wants the lads to be brave and pass it, I am going to encourage them to keep trying to pass it."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 25Hobbs
  • 4Mancienne
  • 15Mendes da GraçaBooked at 57minsSubstituted forWardat 62'minutes
  • 10LansburyBooked at 71mins
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forBurkeat 83'minutes
  • 38OsbornBooked at 81mins
  • 17Oliveira
  • 29O'GradySubstituted forTescheat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Trotter
  • 19Ward
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 32Tesche
  • 35Burke

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 5BellusciBooked at 71mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 2ByramBooked at 14minsSubstituted forCoyleat 90+3'minutes
  • 23L CookSubstituted forDoukaraat 62'minutes
  • 8Murphy
  • 15DallasSubstituted forAntenucciat 77'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 3Bamba
  • 7Antenucci
  • 11Doukara
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 29Sloth
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
27,551

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy following a set piece situation.

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lewie Coyle replaces Sam Byram.

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).

Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Burke.

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci with a cross.

Offside, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci tries a through ball, but Sam Byram is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wootton.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Oliver Burke replaces David Vaughan.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward tries a through ball, but Eric Lichaj is caught offside.

Booking

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 1. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward tries a through ball, but Nélson Oliveira is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Stuart Dallas.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Mills.

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Chris Wood (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Robert Tesche replaces Chris O'Grady.

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough22144433122146
3Hull23135534161844
4Brighton23111113123844
5Burnley2310853023738
6Ipswich2310763330337
7Sheff Wed239953527836
8Cardiff238962825333
9Brentford239683432233
10Birmingham239682726133
11Reading238692826230
12Leeds237972325-230
13Nottm Forest237882322129
14QPR237882830-229
15Blackburn2261062219328
16Wolves237792932-328
17Preston2351081821-325
18Fulham235993641-524
19Huddersfield2366112735-824
20MK Dons2364132031-1122
21Rotherham2363142838-1021
22Bristol City2349102239-1721
23Charlton2347122039-1919
24Bolton23111111837-1914
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