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Leeds United 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Matt Derbyshire
Matt Derbyshire

Two early goals from Matt Derbyshire earned Nottingham Forest a win at Leeds that moves them within a point of the play-off places.

Derbyshire found the corner after collecting a pass from debutant Stephen McLaughlin after only 91 seconds.

The striker scored a second after 15 minutes when he drove in after Scott Wootton failed to clear.

Ross McCormack went closest to pulling one back with a free-kick that flew narrowly wide.

Derbyshire was given just a sixth start for Forest this season and wasted no time in finishing from former Derry midfielder McLaughlin, who had a loan spell at Bristol City earlier this season.

The 28-year-old then seized on Wootton's error to finish for his fourth goal in three matches.

McCormack just missed with a free-kick shortly before half-time and Luke Murphy's shot deflected off Noel Hunt and straight to goalkeeper Dorus de Vries after the interval.

De Vries palmed away another free-kick from McCormack that glanced off the wall, Danny Pugh's cross bounced away off the bar and Forest's substitute goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov saved from Matt Smith's header late on.

A first away win since 11 February and a second consecutive victory maintain Forest's hopes of a top-six finish, while Leeds are 16th after a sixth defeat in eight matches.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"We definitely need to look at bringing players in and making changes to the squad. I have a list of targets and we have to try and do the deals.

"I will have a meeting with [owner] Massimo [Cellino] when he returns this week.

"We have seen that kind of performance too many times this season and it is something we have to address in the summer. We have to make sure the squad is up for the challenge of next season."

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil:

"[Derbyshire] has done really well on the training ground and I think he has a very positive mentality which is vitally important for any striker.

"He runs into spaces behind the opposition's back four which is encouraging for us because it frightens the life out of the opposition. He is performing at a very high level.

"I was very pleased with our performance. After going two up we handled everything Leeds could throw at us and defended like men. I was very impressed and proud of them."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 22Wootton
  • 15WarnockSubstituted forPughat 71'minutes
  • 17Brown
  • 4LeesBooked at 20mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 6Murphy
  • 8Austin
  • 44McCormack
  • 10HuntSubstituted forSmithat 60'minutes
  • 18TongeSubstituted forMowattat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14White
  • 16Pugh
  • 20Smith
  • 26Poleon
  • 28Stewart
  • 33Cairns
  • 36Mowatt

Nottm Forest

  • 29de VriesSubstituted forEvtimovat 80'minutes
  • 15Halford
  • 3Harding
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forGreeningat 54'minutes
  • 16Lascelles
  • 5Collins
  • 30McLaughlin
  • 38Osborn
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 12MackieBooked at 39mins
  • 21PatersonSubstituted forJaraat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Henderson
  • 14Greening
  • 18Jara
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Evtimov
  • 28Majewski
  • 39Abdoun
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
20,517

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home25
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Dimitar Evtimov.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Pugh with a cross.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Lees.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodolph Austin with a headed pass.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Danny Collins.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Pugh.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gonzalo Jara replaces Jamie Paterson.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dimitar Evtimov replaces Dorus de Vries because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Dorus de Vries (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Danny Collins.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

  20. Post update

    Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester43289679433693
2Burnley442514569353489
3Derby442491179493081
4QPR4422101256411576
5Wigan4320101357421570
6Brighton4417151251391266
7Nottm Forest441617116558765
8Ipswich441714135852665
9Reading4317131363531064
10Blackburn441616126358564
11Bournemouth441712156364-163
12Watford4315151370531760
13Middlesbrough431416135546958
14Bolton431316145456-255
15Sheff Wed441314176160153
16Leeds44158215565-1053
17Huddersfield441311205462-850
18Charlton431112203457-2345
19Doncaster441111223866-2844
20Millwall441014204473-2944
21Birmingham431110225568-1343
22Blackpool441013213663-2743
23Barnsley44912234171-3039
24Yeovil44813234369-2637
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