Two second-half goals condemned Nottingham Forest to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship this evening.
A spirited first half display by Forest counted for little as Leeds proved their strength in the second half as Chris Wood and Souleymane Douakara goals sealed the win in interim manager Gary Brazil's second game in charge.
Brazil was forced into one change from the win over Bristol City at the weekend, with Matt Mills missing the match through injury and Danny Fox stepping in to fill the void at centre back for his first appearance since the 5-2 win at Barnsley back in November.
The home side flew out of the traps and straight from kick-off could have taken the lead. The ball was played out wide to Kemar Roofe who produced a low cross to the far post where Stuart Dallas was arriving, but the Northern Irishman couldn't divert goalwards.
The Reds had a great chance of their own inside the opening 10 minutes as Britt Assombalonga's stunning half-volley from Eric Lichaj's chipped pass looked like it was flying towards the top corner, only for former England goalkeeper Rob Green to pull out a superb fingertip stop to tip it over the bar.
Forest looked assured at the back and were able to deal with anything that was played into the box by the home side while also looking threatening no the counter-attack. On the half-hour it looked as if one of those counter-attacks may provide an opportunity for The Reds but Ben Osborn couldn't control the ball into his path after Matty Cash's chipped through ball.
Leeds were playing some good football but couldn't break down the Forest defence nor could they test Henderson in the Forest goal as their long-range shots were off target.
The home side looked more threatening after the break and found the breakthrough via top scorer Wood on 55 minutes. A Leeds corner was met by Kyle Bartley whose header was blocked and the ball fell kindly for Wood inside the six-yard box and he fired home.
An injury forced Jack Hobbs to be replaced just before the hour-mark and Leeds applied pressure on The Reds' goal. They found the second and killer goal in stunning fashion through substitute Doukara on 74.
The attacker had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he met a cleared corner with a superb volley from the edge of the box which flew past the helpless Henderson and into the top corner.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of The Reds who struggled to create any openings in the second period. Wood could have had a second but his effort drifted wide after he latched onto a short back pass by Lichaj and Roofe also flashed a volley just wide.
Forest applied some late pressure on the Leeds goal but it was too late. A bright spot for The Reds was a debut for Ben Brereton, with the 17-year-old replacing Assombalonga for the final 15 minutes but Forest head back to Trentside empty handed.
Forest: Henderson, Lichaj, Hobbs (Lam 57'), Fox, Pinillos, Mancienne, Vaughan, Cash, Osborn, Ward (Bendtner 67'), Assombalonga (Brereton 76')
Unused subs: Stojkovic, Pereira, Carayol, Worrall
: LeedsGreen, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Berardi, O'Kane (Vieira 75'), Bridcutt, Dallas (Doukara 71'), Roofe, Hernandez (Mowatt 80'), Wood
Unused subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Phillips, Antonsson
Goals: Wood 55', Doukara 74'
Booking: Ayling 90'
Attendance: 24,838 (667 away)
Referee: Tony Harrington