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Leeds United 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban earns point for visitors

Pablo Hernandez scores for Leeds
Pablo Hernandez has scored in each of Leeds' first two Championship matches this season

Lewis Grabban's scrappy equaliser earned Nottingham Forest a point against Leeds United at Elland Road.

A 59th-minute goal from Pablo Hernandez had put the home side on course to start the Championship season with a second successive victory.

However, when the hosts failed to clear a corner, Grabban scrambled the ball in from two yards to secure Forest's first point under new boss Sabri Lamouchi.

The hosts had been dominant for long spells before Spanish midfielder Hernandez, who scored in Leeds' win at Bristol City on Sunday, raced onto Mateusz Klich's pass to finish smartly past Aro Muric.

Patrick Bamford had missed several attempts to open the scoring for Leeds, including a miscued volley that struck the crossbar.

Forest's best chance for an equaliser looked to have come and gone when captain Michael Dawson headed over from eight yards out, but Grabban's intervention brought the visitors level.

Both sides felt aggrieved with decisions going against them in the build-up to the goals they conceded; Forest claimed Bamford was offside before Hernandez was played through on goal, while Grabban pulled back Leeds captain Liam Cooper off the ball in the move that led to the corner from which he scored.

Leeds also had legitimate claims for a penalty waved away in the closing stages, with Jack Robinson's challenge on Stuart Dallas going unpunished.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa: "We lost two points so we are disappointed with the result, but the team is growing and not losing the ball easily.

"We didn't receive counter-attacks today. They (Forest) scored from a corner which we gave away.

"We had a lot of chances to put the ball in the box from the sides. We had players in the box waiting for the ball. But of course this is something that we can improve."

On his side's late penalty claims for a foul on Dallas: "It's very difficult to be a referee. I don't know if it was a penalty but we had enough ways to solve the game without this."

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi: "To play probably the best team in the league wasn't easy, so I'd like to praise my players.

"Leeds have a lot of quality but they missed some of the passes to finish and to open the goal. Of course if they score quickly, especially here, then it would have been very difficult for us.

"After they scored, my players came back so congratulations to them. We changed a little bit and it worked.

"There are a lot of positive things. We have a lot of new players, a new manager and there's not been much time.

"So to find the right way and to prepare the best way, we know it will be really tough for us to start with."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 15Dallas
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 3Douglas
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 28mins
  • 19Hernández
  • 4ForshawBooked at 80mins
  • 43KlichSubstituted forHélder Costaat 80'minutes
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forAlioskiat 73'minutes
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 10Alioski
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 28Berardi
  • 44Bogusz
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke

Nottm Forest

  • 49Muric
  • 11Cash
  • 20Dawson
  • 4Worrall
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forMirat 72'minutes
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forAmeobiat 64'minutes
  • 28SilvaSubstituted forSowat 57'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 17Semedo
  • 23Lolley
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 14Mir
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 19Ameobi
  • 21Sow
  • 30Samba
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
35,453

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alfa Semedo.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

  13. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Hélder Costa replaces Mateusz Klich.

  16. Booking

    Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

  18. Post update

    Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) with an attempt from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rafa Mir following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rafa Mir (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Wed22005146
2Charlton22005236
3Leeds21104224
4QPR21103214
5West Brom21103214
6Derby21102114
7Swansea21102114
8Birmingham21102114
9Millwall21102114
10Preston21013123
11Fulham21012113
12Cardiff21014403
13Hull21013303
14Brentford21011103
15Barnsley210112-13
16Wigan210135-23
17Luton201145-11
18Middlesbrough201134-11
19Huddersfield201123-11
20Nottm Forest201123-11
21Bristol City201124-21
22Reading200225-30
23Stoke200225-30
24Blackburn200214-30
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