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Leeds United 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Kemar Roofe earns Leeds draw with arm

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Forest defender Michael Dawson (left) complains after Kemar Roofe handles in

Kemar Roofe controversially scored with his arm as Leeds United came from behind to draw with Nottingham Forest.

The 25-year-old diverted Mateusz Klich's cross in with his forearm at the far post, sparking fierce protests from the Forest players and bench.

Referee Geoff Eltringham consulted with his assistant before giving the goal - although Roofe did admit after the match that the ball had struck his hand.

"I just saw the ball flash across and the ball hit my hand," he told Sky Sports. "Call it ball to hand, it's a goal, it's up to the ref to give it and he gave it."

The visitors had earlier gone in front when defender Jack Robinson held off Stuart Dallas from a corner to flick a header into the bottom corner.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds are second in the table, missing out on the victory they needed to return to the summit, while Forest remain two points from the play-offs.

Robinson's first goal for the club looked like being enough for their third consecutive away win, with Aitor Karanka's side defending brilliantly at Elland Road throughout.

Forest goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon tipped Hernandez's deflected strike wide in the a first half featuring only two shots on target, but Leeds were largely restricted to long-range efforts.

Substitute Jack Clarke, 17, provided a spark for Leeds, firing just wide from outside the area, but the hosts did not look like scoring until Roofe's intervention.

Forest could have left empty-handed but Hernandez was just off-target with a skilful low shot from Ezgjan Alioski's low cross.

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2AylingSubstituted forPearceat 25'minutesSubstituted forClarkeat 65'minutes
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 15Dallas
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 63minsSubstituted forSáizat 65'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 4Forshaw
  • 43Klich
  • 10Alioski
  • 7Roofe

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 14Sáiz
  • 20Pearce
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 4FoxSubstituted forDawsonat 51'minutes
  • 18Robinson
  • 5Guédioura
  • 6ColbackBooked at 68mins
  • 14CashSubstituted forBastião Diasat 87'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoBooked at 88mins
  • 23LolleySubstituted forOsbornat 69'minutes
  • 7GrabbanBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 2Soudani
  • 8Watson
  • 11Osborn
  • 15Steele
  • 20Dawson
  • 21Janko
  • 31Bastião Dias
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
34,308

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross.

Booking

Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gil Dias replaces Matthew Cash.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Clarke (Leeds United).

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces Joe Lolley.

Booking

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jack Clarke (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Clarke replaces Tom Pearce.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Samuel Sáiz replaces Kalvin Phillips.

Booking

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd159242718929
2Leeds1576226121427
3Middlesbrough15762178927
4Norwich158342017327
5West Brom1574433231025
6Derby157442216625
7Nottm Forest155822216623
8Swansea156541711623
9Birmingham155821914523
10QPR157261519-423
11Bristol City156451815322
12Blackburn155731820-222
13Stoke155551920-120
14Wigan156271822-420
15Sheff Wed155462126-519
16Brentford154652320318
17Aston Villa154652223-118
18Millwall154471923-416
19Bolton154471120-916
20Preston153572429-514
21Rotherham153571121-1014
22Reading153391925-612
23Hull153391221-912
24Ipswich151681125-149
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