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Leeds 1-1 Forest

27 October 2018

Jack Robinson’s first goal for Nottingham Forest was cancelled out by a controversial Kemar Roofe strike as The Reds earned a point against Leeds United.

Robinson headed home in the first half to put Forest in front and it was a resolute performance from AItor Karanka's men to keep high-flying Leeds at bay until the 82nd minute when Roofe appeared to convert with his arm.

There were two changes to the Forest side which defeated Bolton in midweek, with Danny Fox returning to captain the side in place of Michael Dawson and Matty Cash starting in place of Gil Dias.

There was a combative edge to the opening minutes of the game, with both sides battling for the ball in the middle of the park and The Reds doing well defensively with the home crowd on song.

But it was Forest who took the lead to silence a packed Elland Road as Robinson headed home his first goal for the club. Joe Lolley's right-wing corner to the back post was met by the diving full back whose header squeezed in at the near post.

Forest were defending well and keeping their hosts at arm's length, with a deflected Pablo Hernandez shot forcing Costel Pantilimon into a smart save on 16 and Kemar Roofe firing wide a minute later.

Cash did brilliantly to control a high ball into the box on 26 but he dragged his left-footed shot just wide of the target before Leeds' Adam Forshaw did the same on 41, firing inches wide from the edge of the box.

The Reds were defending brilliantly at the start of the second half, restricting their hosts to long distance shots and frustrating them as they went in search of the leveller.

Substitute Jack Clarke hit a rasping shot just wide on 66 minutes as the chances were few and far between for Leeds, with Forest looking to hit them on the counter attack.

On 82 minutes however Leeds found the equaliser in contentious circumstances as Roofe converted from close range.

A ball back across the face of goal by Mateusz Klich was turned into the net virtually on the goalline by Roofe, with the Forest defenders adamant that the frontman used his arm to score.

The goal stood and Forest withstood a late barrage into the box to earn a hard-fought point at Elland Road.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox (c) (Dawson 50'), Robinson, Guedioura, Colback, Cash (Dias 87'), Carvalho, Lolley (Osborn 69'), Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Soudani, Watson, Janko

Goal: Robinson 11'

Bookings: Grabban 61', Colback 68', Carvalho 88', Dias 89'

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling (Pearce 25', Clarke 65'), Cooper (c), Jansson, Dallas, Klich, Phillips (Saiz 65'), Forshaw, Hernandez, Alioski, Roofe

Unused subs: Blackman, Roberts, Baker, Shackleton

Goal: Roofe 82'

Booking: Phillips 63'

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 34,308 (1,766 away)


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