Nottingham Forest 3 – 1 Leeds United
Starting Line Ups
Nottingham Forest: –
30 Henderson 17 Pereira 4 Mancienne 27 Perquis (Mills 79) 2 Lichaj 22 Kasami 8 Cohen 10 Lansbury 35 O Burke 39 Vellios (Cash 84) 11 Osborn
Leeds United: –
1 Green 2 Ayling 5 Bartley 6 Cooper 21 Taylor 24 Sacko (Roofe 70) 26 Bridcutt 25 Vieira (Phillips 66) 19 Hernández (Mowatt 81) 9 Wood 10 Antonsson
Garry Monk’s three match unbeaten run came to an end at a boisterous City Ground as Nottingham Forest maintained their winning run at home with a 3 – 1 victory over the Whites.
Pajtim Kasami scored his first goal for Forest in the 16th minute after side footing a volley into the net from a corner to ensure the reds headed into the break with a slender 1-0 lead.
Leeds were quiet throughout the first half but started to find a gear after the break, but still couldn’t stop Forest from adding a second in the 71st minute through Damien Perquis’s downward header.
Kalvin Phillips gave hope to the away end after firing in a stunning free kick and Marcus Antonsson nearly continued his fine form this season after forcing reds keeper Stephen Henderson into a low save.
But Oliver Burke slotted home his fourth goal of the season deep into injury time to ensure the points were staying in Nottinghamshire and confine Leeds to their third defeat of the campaign.
What the Managers Said: –
Philippe Montanier – Nottingham Forest
“I don’t know if it was the best we have played, but it was a serious challenge for us. It was a tough game and a tough team to play at home so I am very happy with the win and also with the mentality of the squad”
Garry Monk – Leeds United
“We gifted them two soft goals, which made it difficult. In general play we were the better team. From the 46th minute they were wasting time, they looked nervous when it came to holding on to their 1-0 lead. But we never really pushed them back.”
A disappointing result as we head into the international break and once again poor defending cost us two cheap goals.
However, there has been a dramatic improvement since the opening fixture and although with only one victory recorded in the league the signs are that things can and will improve.
21st in the table is not ideal but now there is a chance to re-group and ensure that when top of the table Huddersfield come to visit Elland Road on Saturday September 10th, we start to show that the sleeping giant is starting to wake.