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Oooo Matt Forest!

A typically robust Leeds United side left the City Ground empty handed yesterday, thanks to an 84th minute strike from Matt (Forest) Derbyshire.

Quite frankly Leeds should consider themselves lucky that it was only 2 - 1 and had Paddy Kenny to thank for keeping them in with a chance.

Paddy, the subject of some rather humerous chanting, pulled off some fine saves throughout the game - although, he was rooted to the spot for Reid's second half shot, which cannoned off his left hand post!

In the opening minute, Paddy was lucky to be awarded a free kick, when Halford got to the ball first following a sloppy back pass.

Leeds, notably Brown, set about stamping their physical authority on the game - but Forest gave as good as they got and continued to create chances, although, Kenny was largely untroubled.

However, in the 23rd minute Halford gave him no chance, to notch his second headed goal in 2 games, from Reid's free kick, to put Forest 1 up.

Chances for Reid & Mackie followed shortly afterwards, both should have played a through ball to better positioned, un-marked team mates - which should have sent Forest in at half time with the game won.

The second half followed similar pattern, with the better chances falling to Forest - again, special mention to Kenny who palmed away a vicious close range strike from Abdoun. The latter was replaced by Derbyshire in the 68th minute.

Leeds got back on level terms in fortuitous circumstances in the 83rd minute. Straight after Reid's strike had hit the post, the resultant goal kick was worked up the Leeds right. Byram's cross-shot was weak and as Lascelles covering clearance hit Darlow, it fell straight to Ross McCormack's feet for him to side foot home from close range.

This proved to Leeds's only shot on target in the match and was the first goal conceded by Forest in over 450 minutes of football.

Billy Davies brought on Cox for the tireless Mackie and as the Leeds fans celebrated, the re-start saw Leeds cut apart by an incisive passing move with Derbyshire's superb strike from 30 yards leaving Kenny helpless, some 70 seconds later.

There was no late Leeds rally in the 5 minutes of injury time, to allow Forest to bring down the curtain on 2013 with a second home win.

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Date:Monday December 30 2013

Time: 12:29PM


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