Leeds conceded three goals in seven second-half minutes at Nottingham Forest as their fine recent run ended.

The home side had won only one of their last five and went behind when a Jerome Thomas cross was not dealt with and Paul Green tapped in from a yard out.

But Billy Sharp levelled from the spot and scored again after the break before Rodolph Austin sliced into his own net.

Sharp had a header ruled offside, but Dexter Blackstock nodded a fourth before Davide Somma's late consolation.

Neil Warnock's Leeds could have moved into the play-off places had they made it six wins out of seven, and they were the stronger side in the opening half an hour as Forest struggled to find any momentum.

Seasonal cheer

This was Nottingham Forest's first win on Boxing Day for six years

The visitors went in front when Thomas crossed from the left, El Hadji Diouf poked the ball goalwards and it deflected into the path of Green, who was left with an open goal.

But Forest finally began to impose themselves and the hosts had already had two penalty appeals rebuffed when Sharp's turn was too clever for Tom Lees, who tripped him, and the striker sent Paddy Kenny the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

Forest continued to press in the second half and Sharp latched on to Blackstock's knock-down and showed great composure to round Kenny and guide his shot into the corner of the net to give Forest the lead.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Reid provided some useful ammunition from set pieces and the flanks with his cultured left foot, and his right-wing corner led to the hosts' third.

When Ward returned the ball into the danger zone from the left it flew into the net off the outstretched boot of Austin, before Reid's perfectly flighted left-wing cross was emphatically headed home by Blackstock from 15 yards to make it four.

Substitute Somma tapped in Ross McCormack's cross from close range at the far post in the final minute and a goalmouth scramble might have provided a third for the visitors, but for all their recent success, Leeds slipped to a fourth defeat in their last five away games.

Forest's victory was their first home league win over Leeds since January 1996 and it took them above the Yorkshire side in an increasingly congested Championship table.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock said: "The equaliser gave Forest the lift they needed and we were guilty of being very amateurish and naive in the second half.

"If you concede three goals in seven minutes at any level you can't expect to win football matches, but at the end of the game I'm still disappointed that we have passed by another chance to win a game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 05 Collins
  • 15 Halford
  • 29 Hutton
  • 32 Ward
  • 07 Guedioura
  • 08 Cohen
  • 11 Reid (Lansbury - 82' )
  • 28 Majewski (Moussi - 70' )
  • 23 Blackstock
  • 24 Sharp (Cox - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Darlow
  • 03 Harding
  • 04 Gillett
  • 06 Moussi
  • 10 McGugan
  • 22 Lansbury
  • 19 Cox

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 03 Drury
  • 04 Lees
  • 15 Tate
  • 07 Green Booked
  • 08 Austin (Pearce - 66' )
  • 09 Thomas
  • 17 Brown Booked
  • 25 Byram (McCormack - 79' )
  • 10 Becchio
  • 21 Diouf (Somma - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 05 Pearce
  • 11 Varney
  • 14 White
  • 19 Norris
  • 28 Somma
  • 44 McCormack
Ref: Probert
Att: 26,670

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

7 7

Corners

7 4

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:24 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Collins by Paul Green. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.

90:00 +2:19

The ball is crossed by Adam Drury, clearance by Danny Collins.

90:00 +1:46

Effort on goal by Adlene Guedioura from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +1:05

A cross is delivered by Jerome Thomas, Close range shot by Davide Somma goes wide of the left-hand post.

90:00 +0:50

The referee blows for offside. Adam Drury restarts play with the free kick.

89:38

Assist by Ross McCormack.

89:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Davide Somma - Nott'm For 4 - 2 Leeds Utd Davide Somma finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 4-2 Leeds.

89:09

Chris Cohen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Green makes a clearance.

89:00

Centre by Alan Hutton, Adam Drury gets a block in.

88:32

Shot from just outside the box by Adlene Guedioura misses to the right of the goal.

87:53

Outswinging corner taken by Paul Green, clearance by Guy Moussi.

87:41

Shot from 12 yards from Davide Somma. Blocked by Elliott Ward.

84:22

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen, Alan Tate manages to make a clearance.

84:07

Shot by Alan Hutton. Save made by Patrick Kenny.

81:52 Substitution

Substitution Henri Lansbury joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Reid.

81:29

Shot on goal by Simon Cox from just inside the area goes over the target.

80:56

Davide Somma produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Danny Collins.

80:45

Adam Drury crosses the ball, Greg Halford makes a clearance.

79:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Jerome Thomas. Adlene Guedioura takes the free kick.

78:16 Substitution

Substitution Ross McCormack replaces Samuel Byram.

76:30

Danny Collins takes the free kick.

76:30 Substitution

Substitution Simon Cox joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Sharp.

76:30

Davide Somma concedes a free kick for a foul on Greg Halford.

75:53

The ball is delivered by Samuel Byram, clearance by Elliott Ward.

75:33

Foul by Guy Moussi on Davide Somma, free kick awarded. Adam Drury takes the direct free kick.

74:08

Adam Drury sends in a cross, Greg Halford makes a clearance.

72:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Byram by Guy Moussi. Michael Brown crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Danny Collins makes a clearance. The ball is delivered by Paul Green, Samuel Byram produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

71:50

Jason Pearce takes a shot. Blocked by Dexter Blackstock.

71:21

Billy Sharp challenges Adam Drury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Drury.

69:27 Substitution

Substitution Radoslaw Majewski goes off and Guy Moussi comes on.

68:18

The ball is delivered by Tom Lees, Greg Halford gets a block in.

66:04

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Reid, Elliott Ward takes a shot. Comfortable save by Patrick Kenny.

65:04

Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Jason Pearce joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodolph Austin.

65:04

The referee blows for offside.

64:12 Substitution

Substitution El-Hadji Diouf goes off and Davide Somma comes on.

62:18

Samuel Byram crosses the ball, clearance by Danny Collins.

60:03

Assist by Andy Reid.

60:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Dexter Blackstock - Nott'm For 4 - 1 Leeds Utd Dexter Blackstock scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Nottm Forest 4-1 Leeds.

59:58

Andy Reid sends in a cross,

59:15

Billy Sharp is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

58:50

El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, clearance made by Danny Collins.

56:37

Elliott Ward provided the assist for the goal.

56:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Rodolph Austin - Nott'm For 3 - 1 Leeds Utd An own goal is scored by Rodolph Austin. Nottm Forest 3-1 Leeds.

56:03

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line. The ball is crossed by Elliott Ward.

53:53

The assist for the goal came from Dexter Blackstock.

53:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Sharp - Nott'm For 2 - 1 Leeds Utd Billy Sharp fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 2-1 Leeds.

51:01

Danny Collins takes the free kick.

51:01 Booking

Booking Paul Green is booked.

50:52

Radoslaw Majewski fouled by Paul Green, the ref awards a free kick.

49:31

Corner taken by Andy Reid played to the near post, Dexter Blackstock has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

48:01

The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

47:36

Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line, save by Lee Camp.

47:26

The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas, blocked by Chris Cohen.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:16

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul Green.

45:00

Rodolph Austin challenges Billy Sharp unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Reid fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Patrick Kenny.

43:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Sharp - Nott'm For 1 - 1 Leeds Utd Placed penalty scored by Billy Sharp. Nottm Forest 1-1 Leeds.

42:35

Penalty awarded for a foul by Tom Lees on Billy Sharp.

41:06

Rodolph Austin crosses the ball, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.

38:21

Billy Sharp produces a cross.

37:26

Andy Reid sends in a cross, Paul Green gets a block in.

35:41

The ball is sent over by Chris Cohen.

34:57

Paul Green produces a cross.

34:48

Andy Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Green. Samuel Byram takes the direct free kick.

32:58

Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.

32:58 Booking

Booking Booking for Michael Brown.

32:37

Adlene Guedioura fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick.

31:40

The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, Dexter Blackstock produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

30:45

A cross is delivered by Andy Reid, Paul Green gets a block in.

30:25

Andy Reid produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Tom Lees gets a block in.

28:16

Andy Reid takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Effort from inside the area by Chris Cohen misses to the left of the goal.

27:08

Unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Michael Brown results in a free kick. Andy Reid produces a cross, Elliott Ward takes a shot. Brilliant save by Patrick Kenny.

26:34

A cross is delivered by Adam Drury, Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a comfortable save.

23:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Adlene Guedioura. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

23:48

Alan Hutton delivers the ball, clearance made by Samuel Byram.

21:56

Effort on goal by Rodolph Austin from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

21:21

Foul by Alan Hutton on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Drury.

20:04

Alan Tate is adjudged to have handled the ball. Andy Reid delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Rodolph Austin.

18:56

The ball is swung over by Samuel Byram, Alan Hutton makes a clearance.

16:52

Foul by Elliott Ward on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf, Lee Camp makes a save.

13:54

Greg Halford fouled by Paul Green, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Radoslaw Majewski.

11:40

Assist on the goal came from El-Hadji Diouf.

11:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Green - Nott'm For 0 - 1 Leeds Utd Goal scored by Paul Green from close range low into the middle of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-1 Leeds.

11:32

The ball is swung over by Jerome Thomas. El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

11:14

Samuel Byram delivers the ball, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Jerome Thomas, Danny Collins makes a clearance.

9:24

The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, clearance made by Michael Brown.

7:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Luciano Becchio. Adam Drury takes the free kick.

6:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Luciano Becchio. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.

5:04

The ball is swung over by Andy Reid.

4:03

The ball is delivered by Chris Cohen.

2:52

Shot from long range by Adlene Guedioura goes wide of the left-hand upright.

2:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jerome Thomas. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.

1:30

Corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf to the near post, clearance by Dexter Blackstock.

0:58

Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Adlene Guedioura.

0:46

Paul Green delivers the ball, Danny Collins gets a block in.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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