Nottingham Forest v Leeds United: Last five meetings at The City Ground

DECEMBER 2013: Matt Smith's effort is thwarted by Jamaal Lascelles.
DECEMBER 2013: Matt Smith's effort is thwarted by Jamaal Lascelles.
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Leeds travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday bidding to take the upper hand on what has been a close-run set of results in recent years.

United have picked up two wins and one draw, seven points from a possible 15, when it comes to facing Forest on the road. Oliver Roby looks at the last five trips to the City Ground.

Sunday December 29, 2013 - Forest 2-1 Leeds United.

A stunning late strike from Matt Derbyshire denied Leeds a share of the spoils in this festive clash.

Forest began the game on the front foot and took the lead on 23 minutes when Greg Halford powered in a header from an Andy Reid free kick. Minutes later, Reid was causing problems once again and almost doubled the hosts’ lead but his long-range effort skimmed the top of the bar.

Despite Leeds’ best efforts to contain him, Reid continued to pose a threat but Leeds stood firm and got their reward through Ross McCormack who lashed the ball home from close range to level the scores on 83 minutes.

But, almost straight from kick off, Forest re-took the lead through Derbyshire’s 25-yard effort and they went on to claim the three points to send Leeds out of the play-off places and down to seventh in the table.

Wednesday Dec 26, 2012 - Forest 4-2 Leeds.

Leeds conceded three goals in seven second-half minutes as the hosts brought an end to the visitors’ good run of form.

Leeds, who had six wins from seven prior to the game, went ahead through Paul Green on 12 minutes after he got on the end of a Jerome Thomas cross. Current Leeds man Billy Sharp got his old side back into the game with a penalty on the stroke of half time before he added his second goal of the game to make it 2-1 on 54 minutes.

A Rodolph Austin own goal extended the home side’s lead on 57 minutes and former Leeds loanee Dexter Blackstock struck soon after to make it 4-1.

Davide Somma scored what would prove to be his final goal for the club on 90 minutes but Forest were able to comfortably hold on for the win.

Tuesday Nov 29, 2011 - Forest 0-4 Leeds.

An emotionally-charged game following the death of former Whites midfielder Gary Speed brought about one of Leeds’ finest away performances in recent memory.

Simon Grayson, the then Leeds manager who signed schoolboy forms with Leeds on the same day as Speed when they were 14, asked his players to win the game in Speed’s memory and they did not disappoint.

The visitors dominated the game from start to finish and it was Robert Snodgrass who began the rout on 20 minutes, picking up the ball mid-way inside the opposition half before driving the ball past Lee Camp. Jonny Howson doubled his side’s lead on 45 minutes, unleashing a fine half-volley from 25 yards into the top corner of the net after a clever set-up by Snodgrass.

Leeds’ momentum continued in the second half and they soon had a third with Luciano Becchio netting on 49 minutes before Adam Clayton scored from close range to complete a 4-0 away win on the hour - a result which hasn’t been matched since.

Sunday Aug 15, 2010 - Forest 1-1 Leeds.

The points were shared in this early season clash with both sides going away content with a point.

Forest made a bright start with Paul Anderson going close on two minutes before Dexter Blackstock opened the scoring seven minutes later with a delicate header following a cross from Chris Gunter.

The woodwork then saved Leeds from going further behind. Robert Earnshaw was through one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel after a neat passing move but, after lifting a shot over the on-rushing ‘keeper, his effort came back off the post.

This proved to be the end of Forest’s dominance as Leeds grew into the game, getting a deserved equalizer through Lloyd Sam on 36 minutes - Bradley Johnson made some space for himself out wide before laying on a cross which Sam headed home.

Leeds could have won the game late on but Neil Kilkenny flashed his shot wide and Leeds took a fully deserved point back to Elland Road.

Saturday Aug 25, 2007 - Forest 1-2 Leeds.

Dennis Wise was in charge of the Whites for this League One clash as the visiting side extended their 100 per cent record to four games.

Leeds, backed by 3,800 away supporters, began the game in predictably confident fashion and took the lead on 17 minutes through Trésor Kandol, who eluded Wes Morgan before firing home.

Despite a positive start, United were pegged back early on in the second period when a Kris Commons free kick deflected off Alan Thompson before curling past Casper Ankergren.

But Leeds battled back and Jermaine Beckford proved decisive, turning in a Seb Carole shot with minutes to go. The result saw Leeds’ points tally reduced to -3 in a memorable year which saw the Whites finish fifth but miss out on promotion after a play-off final defeat to Doncaster.

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