Nottingham Forest 0 Leeds United 2: Roofe and Alioski strike to move Whites up to third

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Leeds United moved up to third in the Championship with a hard-fought but deserved 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest.

Kemar Roofe opened the scoring with a 24th minute header before Ezgjan Alioski doubled the advantage for the Elland Road side.

The result means Thomas Christiansen is still unbeaten as Leeds manager, with five wins and two draws from seven matches.

The first half saw Leeds shade the game in terms of chances, with the lively Samuel Saiz trying his luck from distance only to fire just over.

Ezgjan Alioski then hit a daisycutter just wide before Roofe nodded home the opener after a free-kick was kept alive in the Forest box.

Leeds were then indebted to their big German stopper Felix Wiedwald who came to the rescue twice in quick succession to keep their lead intact.

The ‘keeper perfected the sweeper role to keep Forest at bay and ensure United went in at the break with their advantage intact.

Forest came out with more purpose after the break but rarely threatened United’s goal.

Infact Leeds enjoyed the better chances, with Saiz guilty of spurning a great chance to pass when they were 4-on-3 only to hit a shot straight at goal.

Forest upped the ante as the half wore on but Christiansen’s troops dug in and eventually sealed the win with Alioski grabbing a late second.

The Macedonian delivered a perfect strike on the edge of the box to send the United travelling support into raptures.

Leeds United: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Anita, O’Kane, Phillips (Vieira 88), Alioski, Hernandez (Grot 70), Saiz, Roofe (Dallas 75) Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Borthwick-Jackson, Shaughnessy, Klich.

Forest: Smith; Darikwa, Worrall, Mills, Traore; Bridcutt, Bouchalakis (Brereton 51), Dowell, Osborn (Clough 63), McKay, Murphy (Cummings 71). Subs not used: Evtimov, Lichaj, Mancienne, Walker.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson.

Attendance: 25,682.

Good day

Gianni Alioski. Forest and in particular Armand Traore could not cope with the Macedonian winger who capped a brilliant display with his 87th-minute rocket.

Bad day

Mark Warburton. The former Rangers manager’s side looked to be going places after the Carabao Cup success at Newcastle United but Forest were outclassed by Christiansen’s dazzling Whites.

Key moment

Daryl Murphy’s 11th-minute miss. Might have been a different game had the striker connected with Armand Traore’s inviting delivery from a left flank free-kick though Leeds were so dangerous going forwards that they probably would have won anyway.

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