Leeds United v Notts Forest: Last five meetings at Elland Road

Luciano Becchio.

Luciano Becchio.

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This weekend will see Leeds United and Nottingham Forest go head-to-head for the 90th time and the record between the two sides could barely be closer.

Leeds have won 29 matches between the two sides alongside Forest’s 30 victories, while the clubs have played out 30 draws.

Nottingham Forest’s last five trips to Elland Road have proved to be mostly successful for Saturday’s visitors, the Reds taking eight points from a possible 15 with a 7-3 success in 2012 proving to be a lowlight for United.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008 – LEEDS UNITED 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1

Jermaine Beckford fired in a late penalty to earn Leeds a home point against Nottingham Forest in this League One clash.

In front of a 29,552 crowd, the visitors took the lead on 69 minutes when Julian Bennett powered home a header to break the deadlock.

However, after the introduction of Tore Andre Flo and Peter Sweeney on 70 minutes, the hosts eventually produced a leveller as Beckford netted from the spot seven minutes from time, after Wes Morgan felled Tresor Kandol in the box.

Casper Ankergren was forced into a late wonder save, but United held on for a point.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011 – LEEDS UNITED 4 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1

Leeds scored four second-half goals to defeat 10-man Nottingham Forest in a tempestuous contest at Elland Road.

Forest dominated the first period but had Chris Cohen sent off on 36 minutes and Leeds took charge.

Jonny Howson put Leeds in front from close range on 51 minutes, before Luciano Becchio nodded in on the hour to make it 2-0.

Garath McCleary pulled one back on 65 minutes as the visitors threatened a comeback, but Max Gradel struck an 18-yard shot to seal the points and his second of the day three minutes from time added extra gloss to the scoreline.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 – LEEDS UNITED3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 7

Leeds conceded seven goals at home for the first time as Forest ran out comfortable winners on an embarrassing night for the Whites.

Robert Snodgrass got the hosts off to a flier with a penalty on six minutes, but Adelene Guedioura equalised two minutes later. Then Garath McCleary and Dexter Blackstock scored either side of half-time to give the visitors a 3-1 lead after 52 minutes

Luciano Becchio and Michael Brown pulled Leeds level with a quickfire pair, only for McCleary, who went into the match with nine goals in 117 games, to strike three times in the space of 15 minutes to stun Neil Warnock’s men before Blackstock struck his side’s seventh of the night to round off the scoring.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 – LEEDS UNITED 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1

Nottingham Forest saw their unbeaten league record come to an end as Leeds avenged their embarrassing 7-3 defeat six months earlier.

El Hadji Diouf caused problems throughout for the visitors and his inch-perfect cross fell to Luciano Becchio who crashed in his seventh goal of the campaign.

Diouf then played a crucial role in doubling Leeds’ advantage, piercing the visiting defence to find Becchio who moved the ball on to Dominic Poleon to sweep home his first senior goal.

The win came on the same day it was announced Ken Bates was in advanced talks with a ‘banking institution’ – which turned out to be GFH Capital – over proposed investment in the club.

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 – LEEDS UNITED 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2

Forest’s latest visit to West Yorkshire proved to be a disappointing afternoon for the Whites as Matt Derbyshire stole the show with two early goals.

Derbyshire netted after collecting a pass from Stephen McLaughlin to give his side an early advantage after just 91 seconds.

The current Rotherham striker then scored his second after 15 minutes, driving in his fourth goal in three matches when Scott Wootton failed to clear.

Ross McCormack went close to reducing the arrears soon after, but his free-kick flew narrowly wide and Forest held on for a comfortable win.

It was a first away win for Forest since February 11 and the three points helped keep their hopes of a top-six finish alive. Meanwhile, Leeds slumped to 16th after a sixth defeat in eight.

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