Half-Time Report: Matt Derbyshire double puts Nottingham Forest in control

Forest's Matt Derbyshire celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Leeds during their Championship match on December 29, 2013
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Matt Derbyshire scores twice to give Nottingham Forest a 2-0 lead over Leeds United in their Championship match.

A first-half double from Matt Derbyshire has given Nottingham Forest a 2-0 lead over Leeds United in their Championship match this evening.

The visitors made the perfect start and opened the scoring inside the first two minutes. Debutant Stephen McLaughlin slid an inch-perfect pass through for Derbyshire, who calmly slotted an effort past Jack Butland.

Forest were close to scoring again when Ben Osborn met Jamie Mackie's right-wing cross, but he could not get enough power on his header to beat the keeper.

They continued to dominate and Derbyshire scored his second of the afternoon in the 16th minute after rounding Butland and sliding the ball into the empty net.

McLaughlin threatened from range just after the half-hour mark, but his strike from distance was held by the keeper.

Ross McCormack was inches away from pulling a goal back for Leeds shortly before the break, but his curling free kick went wide of the post.

Gary Brazil of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic at City Ground on March 25, 2014
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