An injury-time goal from Josh McDonald denied Leeds United’s Under-21s victory at Thorp Arch as Nottingham Forest maintained control of their development league title race.
United looked set to close the gap on leaders Forest to three points after drawing first blood through Brian Montenegro but McDonald headed home with 90 minutes on the clock to snatch a 1-1 draw.
Forest had been denied a penalty in controversial circumstances two minutes earlier, with the referee initially penalising a challenge on McDonald by goalkeeper Alex Cairns before reversing his decision after consulting a linesman.
Cairns also produced a good save with his legs to prevent substitute McDonald equalising midway through the second half.
United had taken the lead on the half-hour when Brazilian Adryan cut past three players and fed Lewis Walters whose cross from the left wing found Montenegro inside the box.
The Paraguayan striker beat keeper Ross Durrant with a clinical header but McDonald’s late reply protected Forest’s six-point lead at the top of the table.
United: Cairns, Coyle, Coker, Skelton, Booker, Thompson, Purver, Dawson (Stokes 65), Adryan, Walters (Parkin 65), Montenegro. Subs (not used): Atkinson, Pearce, Bennett.