Nottingham Forest 4-2 Leeds United: Peacocks lose once again
Championship leaders Leeds United lost their second game in a row when Nottingham Forest stunned them 4-2 at the City Ground on New Year’s Day. Goals from Jack Colback (x2), Daryl Murphy and Ben Osborn was enough for the home team to get the win.
Jack Clarke and Ezgjan Alioski did score for the away team but it was not enough to even rescue a point. The Peacocks were down to 10 men after 42 minutes when Kalvin Phillips was sent off for a terrible lunging tackle on Adlene Guedioura.
A dreadful backpass from Adam Forshaw invited Colback to chase the lost cause and open the scoring in the seventh minute. After being down by a man, Leeds showed great resilience and fight. Eventually, substitute Jack Clark equalised in the 52nd minute and Alioski put them ahead in the 64th minute to really mark their ambitions of being a champion team.
However, the extra man advantage was used by the Forest team when they scored three goals in the space of eight minutes to seal the points. Firstly, it was Colback who made it 2-2 with a tidy finish from 16 yards in the 69th minute. Then three minutes later, it was a fine headed finish from Murphy that put the home side ahead.
Ben Osborn’s stunning strike in the 76th minute ended a winless run of five games for Aitor Karanka’s men. This result puts them at seventh in the table, four points behind the playoff spots.
On the other hand, Leeds stay on top as Norwich City managed to only grab a point from their game. However, the lead it trimmed to two points.
Here’s how the Leeds fans reacted on Twitter after another defeat:
Great fight back with 10men. Forshaw and Peacock-Farrell jokes today cost us points with there errors. Both need dropping.
— Martin Stracilz (@Stracilz) January 1, 2019
Basically today told me we need to buy a few players, we can’t keep going with this makeshift team. Get the rest of the team back and get some players who will make the difference
— jordan roy (@jordanr29159153) January 1, 2019
10 goals conceded in the last 4 games, having only faced 13 shots on target in that period… Says a lot, I’m afraid.
— Scott (@ScottHood22) January 1, 2019
Buy some fresh legs oh and also a new set of hands please that’s it we want to go up #lufc
— Ryan (@Ryan04882533) January 1, 2019
Good fighting spirit shown to go in front but was always gonna be hard with 10 men. Still top and lost 2 in a row after winning 7 in a row yet doom and gloomers think we’re imploding and falling apart again? Behave.#MOT
— action jackson (@actionlwj87) January 1, 2019