Following no real chances at either end for the first 10 minutes or so of the second half, Marsch went to his bench to change things at the City Ground. For his Leeds United debut, Weston McKennie was brought on for Marc Roca. Along with the new-signing, we saw a return from injury for Crysencio Summerville as he replaced Sinisterra. With around 25 minutes remaining there was no change on the scoreline, but further changes came from the bench. On for his Premier League debut, Georginio Rutter was swapped with Patrick Bamford, the other change being Junior Firpo on for Struijk. A final chance in a half that hadn’t seen many, fell to Leeds.
They certainly need Rodrigo back ASAP Thanks for reading and emailing, see you next time. Will Unwin was our man on the scene at the City Ground, and his match report is here, hot off the digital press:Lots of credit to Steve Cooper for Forest’s defensive shape and discipline. As Johnson said they never really looked in trouble, despite the fact that Leeds had so much possession. Navas was excellent in goal on debut and made some decent saves and McKenna and Boly were very solid in central defence.
65 min: Now Gnonto loses the ball and Struijk soon fouls Johnson, who is haring through into space on the Forest right around halfway. The home fans cry “OFFF! ” – Struijk was booked early doors – but the referee keeps his cards in his pocket. Struijk is however immediately hooked by Marsch, Firpo coming on. Bamford also goes off, with the Whites’ record signing, Georginio Rutter, coming on. 64 min: Gnonto is still full of running down the Leeds left. He turns and tries to get in behind but the ball rolls out for a throw to Forest. The home fans cheer. Leeds, in keeping with their upbeat manager, continue to probe for an opening. They aren’t done by a long way.
70 min: Summerville (nickname: Jimmy? ) helps a cross over from the Leeds right towards Rutter. Rutter brings it down with his back to goal but is soon crowded out. Leeds attack again and Colback gets his foot in with a tackle from behind, on the fringes of the penalty area, that looks rather like a foul … but the referee lets it go. The Forest forward Chris Wood, who has barely had a kick all day, comes off for Sam Surridge. 68 min: Leeds get plenty of bodies forward again. They are massed in the Forest area. But a pass goes astray, and Cooper’s men can clear. This is either going to finish 2-0 or 1-1, I fancy.
Lodi pumps the free-kick into the penalty area. Meslier punches but Forest keep it alive and the ball comes to Surridge, who bends a cultured right-footed shot looking for the far top corner. It’s just high and wide. 74 min: Leeds build from the back. A diagonal ball is pinged out to the Leeds right by Wober but immediately repelled by Forest. Surridge is on the move down the hosts’ left wing, and the Leeds goalie Meslier comes rushing out of goal to clear, but the Forest man was offside anyway.
Leeds? Well, they huffed and puffed …Tottenham v Manchester City is kicking off in under half an hour. Rob Smyth is live-blogging it right here:Morgan Gibbs-White has a chat with Sky Sports: “It’s massive. All the work we did in the week, was massive … we knew today was going to be a massive fight, Leeds were very tough today, a strong side … but I feel like we fought back, and got the better of them. And we got the three points in the end. “After we went 1-0 up we knew it was about game management … I feel like we defended incredibly … fair play to the defence, they were unbelievable today. You know, it’s just about game management. “[My fitness] was touch and go … but I’ve been working hard in training trying to get back fit and luckily enough I was. ”Johnson, Forest’s match winner, chips in: “Leeds are really intensive … they were going to make it really hard for us.
The winger burst into the box and carved out an opening, only to see his left-footed strike denied by debutant Keylor Navas in the Forest goal. Shortly after and with their first real venture forward of the match, the hosts took the lead. From an in swinging free-kick, the ball fell to Johnson on the edge and he struck a powerful first time volley into the bottom corner. After controlling much of the match prior to the goal, Leeds continued in that fashion for the majority of the rest of the half, pushing forward and making opportunities.
89 min: Williams off, Andre Ayew on for Forest. How’s this for a career path? 2007–2015 Marseille2008–2009 → Lorient (loan)2009–2010 → Arles-Avignon (loan)2015–2016 Swansea City2016–2018 West Ham United2018–2021 Swansea City2018–2019 → Fenerbahçe (loan)2021–2023 Al Sadd2023– Nottingham Forest88 min: Forest’s Aurier shepherds a ball out for a goal kick. Marsch looks ashen-faced on the sideline.
Three points here moves them up one place to 13th and level with Palace. “This has all the hallmarks of a six-pointer, ” says Bill Leslie, on commentary for Sky. 80 min: Leeds have had 71% possession. And four attempts on target to Forest’s two. This will be a smash-and-grab raid by Forest, if such a thing is possible when you’re at home. 79 min: Leeds continue to push in slightly frantic fashion. Summerville runs down the left but is flagged offside. 77 min: Surridge threatens again on the left as Forest look to hit on the break. Wober fouls him near halfway and is booked.
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