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Leeds   4 - 1   Nott'm Forest

Highlights - Leeds 4-1 Nott'm Forest

Leeds 4-1 Nott'm Forest

Referee Mark Halsey sent Chris Cohen off after a challenge with George McCartney
The dismissal of Forest midfielder Cohen was a key moment in the game

By Paul Fletcher

Leeds scored four second-half goals to defeat 10-man Nottingham Forest after a feisty contest at Elland Road.

Forest dominated the first half but had Chris Cohen sent off after challenging George McCartney for a loose ball.

Jonny Howson put Leeds in front from close range after the restart before Luciano Becchio headed a second goal.

Garath McCleary pulled one back with a superb curling effort but Max Gradel then struck with an 18-yard shot and fired home a rebound close to the end.

It was a competitive, bad-tempered and engaging contest, packed full of the sort of effort and desire that you would expect from two teams in patchy form but desperate to secure their place in the top six.

Leeds, who went into the contest in fifth - one place above Forest - had won just two of their previous seven fixtures but started the match on the front foot.

Lee Camp saved at the feet of Bradley Johnson in the second minute after referee Mark Halsey played an advantage following a crude lunge on Gradel by Wes Morgan.

Play was brought back after Camp's save but Gradel could only smash the ensuing free-kick wide of the Forest goal.

The visitors had collected just four points from their previous seven games but, after weathering the early storm, Billy Davies's side took a definite grip on the contest.

Radoslaw Majewski was slippery throughout the opening half playing on the left side of a front three and he almost scored with a crisp strike that deflected off Johnson but flew narrowly wide with Kasper Schmeichel beaten.

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Lewis McGugan, one of three recalled players, forced two stops from Schmeichel, while Marcus Tudgay was inches away from slotting home a cross from the left by Joel Lynch.

Forest lost Paul Anderson to injury before the half-hour mark but continued to look composed in possession and should have scored after Majewski jinked through the Leeds defence and played a square ball to an unmarked Tudgay.

Schmeichel was out of his goal and Tudgay had time to pick his spot but his effort was blocked by Leigh Bromby, who also denied Kris Boyd with a follow-up.

Seconds later Cohen challenged McCartney for a loose ball and within seconds a melee had broken out as tempers threatened to boil over.

Boss Davies proud of 'unlucky' Forest

Leeds manager Simon Grayson angrily invaded the field of play but replays suggested Cohen won the ball cleanly and he can be regarded as unfortunate to have been sent from the field.

Forest remained on top for the remaining 10 minutes of the opening half but found themselves behind five minutes after the restart when Robert Snodgrass and Eric Lichaj combined to play in Howson.

The Leeds skipper used a touch to control the ball before guiding it past the advancing Camp.

Shortly afterwards, the Yorkshire side appeared to take a decisive grip on the contest when Becchio headed his 17th goal of the Championship season after Bromby's initial effort cannoned off the post.

Snodgrass then struck the crossbar with a curling strike but Forest would not lie down and McCleary, who replaced Anderson in the opening half, wrong-footed Barry Bannan before hitting an exquisite strike from a tight angle that found the top corner.

In the end, it took Gradel's superb strike 18 minutes from normal time for Leeds to secure the points.

The Ivory Coast international controlled a header with his first touch before striking a precise strike from a central position on the edge of the box that nestled into the bottom corner.

Forest, who now face back-to-back home games against play-off hopefuls Reading and Burnley, brought on Nathan Tyson and Robert Earnshaw in the second half and the former was inches wide with a left-foot strike.

But the final goal fell to the energetic Gradel, who fired home a rebound from six yards minutes before the end after Camp had denied substitute Jake Livermore and then Becchio.

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds 4-1 Nott'm Forest FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Howson 51
  • Becchio 58
  • Gradel 73
  • Gradel 87
  • McCleary 65


  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 20 Lichaj
  • 26 Bromby yellow card
  • 29 McCartney
  • 40 O'Brien
  • 07 Gradel
  • 14 Howson
  • 16 Johnson (Kilkenny 88)
  • 25 Bannan (Livermore 75)
  • 10 Becchio (Somma 90+2)
  • 23 Snodgrass


  • 12 Higgs,
  • 06 Naylor,
  • 08 Kilkenny,
  • 17 Livermore,
  • 18 Watt,
  • 27 Somma,
  • 44 McCormack

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 04 Chambers
  • 05 Morgan yellow card
  • 16 Gunter
  • 33 Lynch
  • 07 Anderson (McCleary 30 yellow card)
  • 08 McGugan
  • 15 Cohen red card
  • 28 Majewski
  • 20 Tudgay yellow card (Earnshaw 80)
  • 22 Boyd yellow card (Tyson 54 yellow card)


  • 38 Darlow,
  • 29 Bennett,
  • 09 Adebola,
  • 10 Earnshaw,
  • 11 Tyson,
  • 12 McCleary,
  • 17 McGoldrick
Ref: HalseyAtt: 29,524


  • Leeds 45%
  • Nott'm Forest 55%

Attempts on target

  • Leeds 8
  • Nott'm Forest 8

Attempts off target

  • Leeds 5
  • Nott'm Forest 6


  • Leeds 2
  • Nott'm Forest 10


  • Leeds 11
  • Nott'm Forest 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:05 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+1:19 Substitution Davide Somma comes on in place of Luciano Becchio.
  • 87:28 Substitution Bradley Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Kilkenny.
  • 86:05 Luciano Becchio provided the assist for the goal.
  • 86:05 GOAL - Max GradelLeeds 4 - 1 Nott'm Forest Goal scored by Max Gradel from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 4-1 Nottm Forest.
  • 83:25 Garath McCleary challenges Jake Livermore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Snodgrass takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:11 Shot by Nathan Tyson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 81:58 Foul by Bradley Johnson on Lewis McGugan, free kick awarded. Lewis McGugan takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:30 Substitution Robert Earnshaw joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Tudgay.
  • 79:17 Effort on goal by Lewis McGugan from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 76:30 Garath McCleary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson. Bradley Johnson takes the free kick.
  • 76:30 Booking Garath McCleary goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:46 Marcus Tudgay concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew O'Brien. Andrew O'Brien takes the free kick.
  • 74:36 Substitution Jake Livermore comes on in place of Barry Bannan.
  • 74:22 Barry Bannan takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.
  • 72:46 GOAL - Max GradelLeeds 3 - 1 Nott'm Forest Max Gradel finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 3-1 Nottm Forest.
  • 72:02 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Wes Morgan results in a free kick. Leigh Bromby takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:02 Booking Wes Morgan is shown a yellow card.
  • 71:03 Corner taken right-footed by Radoslaw Majewski from the right by-line, Luciano Becchio manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:25 Radoslaw Majewski takes the inswinging corner, Wes Morgan takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 69:09 Max Gradel is caught offside. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:34 Outswinging corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the right by-line played to the near post, Luciano Becchio makes a clearance.
  • 66:47 Leigh Bromby challenges Nathan Tyson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lewis McGugan from right wing, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance.
  • 66:47 Booking Leigh Bromby receives a yellow card.
  • 66:33 Booking Booking for Nathan Tyson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 64:30 GOAL - Garath McClearyLeeds 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest Gara

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 38 37 76
2 Norwich 39 21 70
3 Cardiff 39 17 66
4 Swansea 39 16 66
5 Leeds 39 12 64
6 Reading 38 20 60
7 Nott'm Forest 39 10 60
8 Millwall 39 12 57
9 Burnley 38 6 57
10 Watford 39 12 56
11 Hull 39 3 56
12 Leicester 39 0 56
13 Portsmouth 39 0 54
14 Bristol City 39 -3 53
15 Ipswich 39 0 52
16 Barnsley 39 -12 47
17 Coventry 39 -7 45
18 Middlesbrough 38 -8 45
19 Derby 39 -8 44
20 Doncaster 39 -19 44
21 Crystal Palace 39 -21 42
22 Sheff Utd 38 -25 35
23 Preston 38 -22 34
24 Scunthorpe 39 -41 34

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