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Match Reports

Leeds 1-1 Forest

10 August 2019

Lewis Grabban opened his account for the 2019-20 season as Nottingham Forest gained a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Pablo Hernandez had earlier opening the scoring for the hosts but Forest stayed focused, kept going and their persistance paid off with 13 minutes to play as Grabban smuggled the ball home from close range following a scramble in the Leeds penalty area.

Sabri Lamouchi named an unchanged starting line-up for his side's visit to Elland Road but included new signings Carl Jenkinson and Samba Sow amongst his substitutes.

It was a cagey opening ten minutes in West Yorkshire with neither side really dominating possession. The home team did fashion an opening early on but midfielder Kalvin Phillips’s effort whistled by Aro Muric’s right-hand post from the edge of the box.

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As the half worn on, Marcelo Bielsa's men began to control the play and very nearly went in front on 20 minutes when skipper Liam Cooper headed just wide from a corner but Forest were able to breathe again.

Despite Leeds’ dominance, The Reds were comfortable without the ball and summer signing Alfa Semedo was performing superbly and covering a lot of ground as the hosts were largely restricted to long-range efforts.

By the time the half-time whistle came Forest were enjoying their best spell of the match so far. Jack Robinson, who scored for The Reds last time in the corresponding fixture last season, found himself unmarked from a Joe Lolley corner but the defender was unable to get anything on the delivery.

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Lamouchi's men continued to look dangerous on the break as the second half got underway and Albert Adomah tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area but was unable to keep his shot down and it whistled over the bar.

Minutes later the home side fashioned their best chance of the contest only to be denied by the crossbar. Jack Harrison cut inside from the left and fizzed in a low cross which fell to former Forest man Patrick Bamford and his acrobatic effort bounced up off the turf and onto the bar.

The Forest academy graduate went close again a minute later when he attempted to chip the ball past the on-rushing Muric but the ball drifted wide and the scores remained level, although The Reds' goal was beginning to lead a charmed life.

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In the end, it was to be Hernandez who would break the deadlock just before the hour mark. The Spaniard raced onto a through ball and neatly slotted the ball past Muric into the corner of the net to give Leeds the edge.

After already introducing midfielder Samba Sow for Tiago Silva, Lamouchi made his second change of the match with Sammy Ameobi replacing Adomah and the forward certainly impressed following his introduction.

Despite going behind, Forest continued to push forward in search of the equaliser and Ben Watson unleshed a powerful effort from the edge of the box but it failed to trouble Kiko Casilla in the hosts' goal as The Reds' frustration started to build.

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That frustration didn't last long though as they made their pressure count on 77 minutes. Leeds failed to clear a corner from the left and after the ball had bounced around the penalty area, it eventually found its way to Grabban who reacted first to scuff home his first goal of the campaign.

Despite a frantic final ten minutes, neither side were able to create any further match-winning chances as the points were shared at Elland Road.

Forest: Muric; Cash, Worrall, Dawson (c), Robinson; Semedo, Watson (Mir 72'); Adomah (Ameobi 64'), Silva (Sow 57'), Lolley; Grabban

Subs not used: Samba, Ribeiro, Figueiredo, Jenkinson

Goal: Grabban 77'

Bookings: Sow 71', Robinson 90'

Leeds: Casilla; Dallas, White, Cooper, Douglas; Phillips, Hernandez, Forshaw, Klich (Costa 80'), Harrison (Alioski 72'); Bamford

Subs not used: Meslier, Berardi, Bogusz, Shackleton, Clarke

Goal: Hernandez 59'

Bookings: Phillips 28', Forshaw 80'

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 35,453 (2,001 away)

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Ticket News

Last chance to purchase Leeds tickets

9 August 2019

Only 160 tickets remain for Nottingham Forest's trip to Leeds United and the fixture has now been declared as all-ticket.

Forest head to Elland Road for their first away trip of the 2019-20 Sky Bet Championship season on Saturday 10th August (12.30pm kick-off) and tickets are now on general sale.

As Leeds United have sold all possible tickets for home supporters, there will be no sales to Forest fans on matchday so they must purchase a ticket in advance.

All tickets purchased before Tuesday 6th August have been sent via first-class post and all tickets purchased on Tuesday or before 3pm on Wednesday will also be sent by first-class post on Wednesday, after which they will made available to collect from The City Ground ticket office only.

If your ticket hasn’t arrived by 1pm on Friday, please contact the ticket office to organise a duplicate ticket to be collected directly from Elland Road. Please note that if you arrange a duplicate ticket then the original tickets will be invalidated and will not allow entry.

Collections and duplicates will be from the away ticket window located adjacent to the away turnstiles, entrance 1 & 2.

The club have received a full allocation of 2,204 reserved seat tickets located in the upper tier of the John Charles Stand and tickets are priced as follows:

  Pre-matchday Matchday
Adults £39 £44
Seniors (65+) £26 £31
Disabled* £26 £31
Youths (19-22 years) £26 £31
Juniors (16-18 years) £20 £20
Under 16s £18 £18
Under 11s £9  £9

*Disabled supporters under the age of 18 years old will be charged at the relevant age range.

Supporters with accessibility needs

Supporters who have registered accessible needs with Nottingham Forest and who are receiving the higher rate of care or mobility can claim their tickets either over the phone on 0115 982 4388 or in-person at the ticket office.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 9.15am and is priced at £16. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

All match tickets can be purchased by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by visiting the ticket office in-person.

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