Writer: Our Kids Dad
Date:Wednesday April 23 2014
Match Report From Kid's Corner, Forest v Leeds, Monday 21st April 2014.
After getting their first win in 12, two days ago, The Reds were in search of a second win over Easter. With all other results in, Forest had the chance to go just 1 point outside of the play offs (never thought I'd be saying that again this season) however, they still had to beat a strong but out of form Leeds team.
Forest were without the injured Lansbury and Wilson but even worse news was that Darlow was injured, meaning De Vries started. McLaughlin also made his League debut for The Reds after a disappointing loan spell at Bristol. Alright then here we go.
Forest started the game near enough the same way as they did against Birmingham, quickly! Even better they got the first chance, McLaughlin won, carried & then played a ball through to Derbyshire, who bent it around Butland and into the bottom corner, 1-0.
Infact the first goal at Leeds and the goal at Birmingham were only a few seconds apart. The Reds kept on applying pressure and got a couple more chances, the best on 16 minutes, Derbyshire battled for the ball, got a bit of fortune, expertly took it around Butland and made it 2-0, get in!
Despite the best efforts of the Championship's top scorer, Ross McCormack, Leeds couldn't get a shot on target. Derbyshire had another great chance to get his hat-trick but his header was over and he was in an offside position.
McLaughlin got himself some space and struck a sweet shot from 25 yards out but Butland saved comfortably. Although Leeds hadn't really troubled Forest the players couldn't relax and that was shown when McCormack won himself a free kick and his shot was inches wide. That was the last chance of the half. Half time.
A great game for all of the Forest players and the threat of McCormack not really troubling the defenders. Once again Derbyshire was very composed and proving the key player in the Forest side. The Reds players still needed to be weary of the Leeds attack and not relax or invite pressure on.
Forest came out and did the exact opposite, they started inviting pressure on and soon enough Leeds were making good chances the best of them was a free kick from McCormack but De Vries made a good save.
Leeds were really starting to get into the game, dominating possession and they were creating chances but their composure was shocking, with even McCormack either blazing over or putting it wide.
Then Forest got their chance, with some lovely Football played but it all came to nothing. Some more chances came for Leeds but still the finishing was poor.
De Vries then got subbed because of injury which meant the young Bulgarian, Evtimov, got his first League appearance for Forest. As full time approached it looked as if Leeds were going to get one back but the facts show it all, 25 goal attempts but only 3 on target!
For the last 10 minutes The Reds started to get back into the game more and didn't let Leeds get many more clear opportunities. Full time, 0-2.
A fantastic result, leaving Forest just one point outside of the play-offs with 2 games remaining. Derbyshire really starting to stand out as the season comes to a close, with 4 goals in 3 games. The absence of Reid, Lansbury, Wilson and Darlow not seeming to faze the squad. Thanks for reading, Bash9.
Date:Wednesday April 23 2014
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