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Nottingham Forest 0-2 Leeds United

Kemar Roofe
Kemar Roofe, who scored a 21-minute hat-trick on Tuesday, headed Leeds in front at the City Ground

Leeds United continued their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive display in beating Nottingham Forest.

Kemar Roofe, who scored a hat-trick against Newport in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, smartly headed the opening goal midway through the first half.

As Forest poured forward after the break, it was Leeds who looked the more likely to score again - and Ezgjan Alioski's late strike secured victory.

Leeds, along with Cardiff, are the only side in the second tier without a loss.

The top-of-the-table Bluebirds beat QPR on Saturday to maintain their 100% record, but Ipswich dropped points for the first time by losing to Fulham.

Leeds have now won three and drawn two of their first five league fixtures - having gone five games without a win at the end of 2016-17.

Under Danish head coach Thomas Christiansen, they were able to back up their victory at Sunderland with another accomplished display away from Elland Road.

Forest, who had won three of their four opening games, went behind when Liam Cooper kept a set-piece alive and Roofe found the bottom corner from close range.

Mark Warburton's side were well short of their best and, even after Alioski superbly made it 2-0 from 20 yards, could have been punished further only for Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas to blast wide when well placed.

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 27Darikwa
  • 42Worrall
  • 5MillsBooked at 49mins
  • 6Traore
  • 31BouchalakisSubstituted forBreretonat 51'minutes
  • 7BridcuttBooked at 56mins
  • 10McKay
  • 20DowellBooked at 86mins
  • 11OsbornSubstituted forCloughat 63'minutes
  • 9MurphySubstituted forCummingsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 16Clough
  • 17Brereton
  • 26Evtimov
  • 34Walker
  • 35Cummings

Leeds

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 2AylingBooked at 82mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 8Anita
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forVieiraat 88'minutes
  • 14O'Kane
  • 10Alioski
  • 21Sáiz
  • 19HernándezBooked at 59minsSubstituted forGrotat 70'minutes
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forDallasat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Borthwick-Jackson
  • 11Grot
  • 15Dallas
  • 25Vieira
  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 35Shaughnessy
  • 43Klich
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
25,682

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home5
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Leeds United 2.

Full Time

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

Foul by Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest).

Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Attempt missed. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ronaldo Vieira replaces Kalvin Phillips.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Leeds United 2. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

Booking

Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Attempt blocked. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

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

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Brereton following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zach Clough.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Kemar Roofe.

Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United).

Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Attempt blocked. Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Cummings.

Attempt blocked. Jay-Roy Grot (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kemar Roofe.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jason Cummings replaces Daryl Murphy.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jay-Roy Grot replaces Pablo Hernández.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff5500102815
2Ipswich540196312
3Leeds532072511
4Wolves531174310
5Sheff Utd53025419
6Nottm Forest53028809
7Preston52212118
8Hull521212757
9Middlesbrough52124317
10QPR52126607
11Reading52125507
12Derby521257-27
13Bristol City51317616
14Fulham51314316
15Barnsley52037706
16Sheff Wed51314406
17Millwall51228625
18Aston Villa512279-25
19Sunderland512258-35
20Birmingham511336-34
21Burton511349-54
22Norwich5113612-64
23Brentford502359-42
24Bolton5023410-62
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