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Leeds2Nottm Forest0

Leeds United 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Chris Wood
Chris Wood had already seen an effort ruled out for offside before poking Leeds in front from close range

Chris Wood's 20th goal of the season helped Leeds United to victory over Nottingham Forest, which took them up to third in the Championship.

New Zealand striker Wood finished from close range after Forest failed to clear a corner for his sixth goal in his past four league appearances.

Souleymane Doukara netted a stunning 20-yard volley to seal the win.

Forest went closest at 0-0 when Britt Assombalonga forced an excellent save from goalkeeper Robert Green.

An entertaining game was short on clear chances until the visitors were made to pay for two lapses in concentration at set-pieces.

Forest, who stay 19th and five points above the relegation zone, fell to their first defeat since Philippe Montanier was sacked and Gary Brazil was placed in interim charge on 14 January.

Leeds climbed above Reading and Huddersfield in the table and they are seven points behind second-placed Newcastle, having played a game more then their promotion rivals.

Garry Monk's side have won 10 of their 12 Championship games at Elland Road since losing to Huddersfield on 10 September, their only defeat in that time being against Newcastle in November.

Leeds have also kept six successive clean sheets at home in all competitions.

Leeds head coach Garry Monk told BBC Radio Leeds: "Credit to Forest in the first half - their game plan to slow the tempo was lowering our intensity and pace of play, which was making it difficult for us and making it a much more even game.

"I said at half-time that we needed to up our intensity and we made a couple of tweaks. We looked very dangerous, controlled the second half, scored two really good goals and could have had a few more.

"The pleasing bit was that we bounced back from a defeat. It's something that we talked about in pre-season, something that we felt was important as a group - if we suffer a defeat, we make sure we react straight away. That was the pleasing bit because that was the most important bit."

Nottingham Forest interim boss Gary Brazil told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I felt in the first half we were the better team, we got ourselves a couple of good chances we didn't take, we defended well and played some good football. We knew our opponents, and knew they were in good form and handled it fantastically in the first half.

"In the second half we lost tempo, it's something we'll work on, we need to maintain the tempo from the first half and we didn't, we fell away a bit.

"We lost to a set-piece and a worldie goal. I didn't think there was much in the teams at all, there was a lot in the performance to be pleased with, we need to get fitter and we know we need to keep working on the training ground."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 2AylingBooked at 90mins
  • 5Bartley
  • 18Jansson
  • 28Berardi
  • 14O'KaneSubstituted forVieiraat 75'minutes
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 7Roofe
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forMowattat 80'minutes
  • 15DallasSubstituted forDoukaraat 72'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 10Antonsson
  • 11Doukara
  • 12Silvestri
  • 23Phillips
  • 25Vieira
  • 27Mowatt
  • 31Coyle

Nottm Forest

  • 30Henderson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 25HobbsSubstituted forLamat 57'minutes
  • 13Fox
  • 3Pinillos
  • 4Mancienne
  • 24Vaughan
  • 41Cash
  • 11Osborn
  • 19WardSubstituted forBendtnerat 67'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forBreretonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Bendtner
  • 17Pereira
  • 18Carayol
  • 28Lam
  • 38Stojkovic
  • 42Worrall
  • 45Brereton
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
24,838

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

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

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Attempt blocked. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Wood.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Foul by Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Pablo Hernández.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Foul by Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Brereton replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ronaldo Vieira replaces Eunan O'Kane.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Stuart Dallas.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Lam.

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nicklas Bendtner replaces Jamie Ward.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 25th January 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton27186343182560
2Newcastle27191754213358
3Leeds28163939271251
4Reading2715483936349
5Huddersfield2715483230249
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Derby2712782721643
8Barnsley27125104641541
9Fulham271010744321240
10Norwich27124114540540
11Preston2711793734340
12Birmingham2791083136-537
13Aston Villa2781272827136
14Ipswich2797112833-534
15Brentford2796123435-133
16Cardiff2796123141-1033
17QPR2796122637-1133
18Wolves2788113437-332
19Nottm Forest2886143847-930
20Bristol City2783163539-427
21Wigan2767142432-825
22Burton2767142637-1125
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2744192760-3316
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