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On This Day in association with Football Index - Reds in seventh heaven

20 March 2020

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In association with Football Index, we take a look back at Nottingham Forest's visit to Leeds United on 20th March 2012...

Leeds United 3-7 Nottingham Forest

(Snodgrass pen 6', Becchio 53', Brown 55'; Guedioura 8', McCleary 45', 56', 60' 71', Blackstock 52', 81')

Forest came out on top in a barnstorming game at Elland Road, defeating Leeds United 7-3. Gareth McCleary struck four times for The Reds to secure a memorable win in West Yorkshire.

Robert Snodgrass scored from the penalty spot to give Leeds an early lead, but Adlene Guedioura's screamer levelled things up. McCleary scored his first just before half time to put Forest into the lead and Dexter Blackstock doubled the advantage on 52 minutes.

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Two quick-fire goals from Luciano Becchio and Michael Brown brought Leeds level but McCleary restored the lead moments later before completing his hat-trick and putting Forest 5-3 up on the hour. Further goals from McCleary and Blackstock secured a thrilling win in the Championship.

The result moved Forest out of the bottom three and three points clear of Bristol City with nine games of the season still to play.

Post-match reaction

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Forest manager Steve Cotterill: "Garath McCleary comes from non-league. He's a special talent, he's raw, he's got two good feet, he can head it, he's strong. I think he can go on to be even better, I think he's a top lad.

"It was a stunning game, I know we've won but Leeds United played their part as well. Our chances went in, but they played their part.

"I thought it was an outstanding game by both teams. We're very pleased with the three points more than anything else, but to play in the manner we've played, we've done that a lot this season and ended up losing 1-0 so maybe it's evened out a little bit."

Leeds manager Neil Warnock: "I'm quite embarrassed about the result. But I don't think you learn much about your players when you're winning games, I think you learn things when things go against you, who stands up and who you want in the trenches with you.

"I've learnt probably more than I have in the other games, but in fairness some of them were just shattered."

Championship results

Blackpool 3-3 Leicester

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Bristol City 0-2 Watford

Cardiff 2-2 Coventry

Crystal Palace 1-0 Barnsley

Doncaster 0-3 Millwall

Hull 0-2 Southampton

Ipswich 1-0 Burnley

Peterborough 3-1 Reading

Portsmouth 4-1 Birmingham

West Ham 1-1 Middlesbrough

UK number one

Australian singer-songwriter Gotye spent four weeks at the top of the charts with 'Somebody That I Used to Know' before being knocked off top spot by Katy Perry's 'Part Of Me'.

On the box...

The much-awaited seventh series of the American version of The Office was released in the UK, starring Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski.

Elsewhere, Kiefer Sutherland returned to TV as the star of Touch, playing a father who discovers his autistic son can predict the future.

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