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Preview: Leeds United (H)

25 August 2017

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Nottingham Forest will be looking to end the month of August with another three points against Leeds at The City Ground to continue their positive start to the season.

The Reds have won every game on home soil so far and have only suffered one defeat in their opening six games.

Mark Warburton's side come into the match on the back of the thrilling 3-2 win after extra time at Premier League Newcastle on Wednesday night and they will be keen to continue building momentum.

Leeds have also started the season well and remain unbeaten having won two and drawn two of their opening four league games, while The Whites also progressed in the Carabao Cup in the week, hitting Newport County for five at Elland Road.

Team news

Liam Bridcutt is in line to make his Nottingham Forest debut against his former club, having signed from Leeds United during the week. 

David Vaughan could be in line for a recall having sat out the victory at St James' Park with a slight knock, while Andreas Bouchalakis is a doubt having hobbled out of the midweek win.

Chris Cohen, Matty Cash and Jamie Ward all remain sidelined for The Reds. 


Tickets for the clash at The City Ground are selling well and supporters are advised to book in advance ahead of tomorrow's game.

Full ticket information can be found here.


As the match is being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest for international subscribers.

However, audio commentary will be available one hour before kick-off and also one hour after full time so fans can hear the post-match reaction.

The game will also be covered in the Match Centre and through the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Bristol City v Aston Villa (Friday, 7.45pm)
Hull v Bolton (Friday, 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Sunderland
Birmingham v Reading
Brentford v Wolves
Burton v Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff v QPR
Ipswich v Fulham
Middlesbrough v Preston
Millwall v Norwich
Sheffield United v Derby

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Match Reports

Forest 0-2 Leeds

26 August 2017

Nottingham Forest suffered their first home defeat of the season in a disappointing display against Leeds United at The City Ground.

Goals from Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski sealed the win for the visitors as Mark Warburton's side failed to match their early-season form.

There was one change for The Reds from the side that beat Middlesbrough in their last league encounter as Liam Bridcutt made his debut against a Leeds side which he left to join Forest earlier this week.

It was a cagey first ten minutes of the match, with both sides looking strong in possession but struggling to find any sort of opening.

The first real chance of the match fell to the away side and they took it on 24 minutes. Forest failed to clear a free-kick and after the ball was headed back across goal by Alioski, Roofe was on hand to pounce and nod into the corner of the net to give the visitors the lead.

The home side were struggling to find any real momentum and were being restricted to long-range efforts. Kieran Dowell tried his luck with a chip after a mix-up in the Leeds defence but he put too much power on his effort and it didn't trouble Felix Wiedwald.

It took just five minutes of the second half for Mark Warburton to make his first change, with Andreas Bouchalakis being replaced by Ben Brereton, as the home side went in search of an equaliser.

Despite the introduction of Brereton, the visitors seemed in control and threatended Forest on the break through Saiz in particular on many occasions. Alioski also looked dangerous with the ball at his feet and he tested Jordan Smith from range but the Forest keeper got down well to gather the ball.

Warburton turned to Jason Cummings with 20 minutes to go in the hope that the Scotsman could continue the good form which saw him net a brace against Newcastle in midweek in the Carabao Cup.

However, it wasn't to be for The Reds as the visitors doubled their lead in the closing stages. Alioski picked up a loose ball and let fly from the edge of the box which arrowed into the corner of the net, beating Smith down to his right-hand side.

There was no coming back for the home side after that as Leeds looked for more on the break, with sub Stuart Dallas coming close on two occasions, but it was the Yorkshire side who left with all three points to end a disappointing afternoon for Forest.

Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Mills (c), Worrall, Traore, Bridcutt, Bouchalakis (Brereton 51'), McKay, Dowell, Osborn (Clough 63'), Murphy (Cummings 71')

Unused subs: Evtimov, Lichaj, Mancienne, Walker

Bookings: Mills 48', Bridcutt 56', Dowell 86'

Leeds: Wiedwald, Ayling, Cooper (c), Jansson, Anita, O'Kane, Phillips (Vieira 88'), Alioski, Hernandez (Grot 69'), Saiz, Roofe (Dallas 75')

Unused subs: Peacock-Farrell, Borthwick-Jackson, Shaughnessy, Klich

Goals: Roofe 24', Alioski 87'

Bookings: Hernandez 59', Ayling 82'

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 25,682 (Away 1,993)

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