MX23RW : Monday, November 19 08:04:00
Oct 27, 2018 at 5.30pm UK at ​Elland Road (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 34,308
LeedsLeeds United
1-1
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
FT

Result: Forest cry foul after Roofe grabs controversial point for Leeds

Result: Forest cry foul after Roofe grabs controversial point for Leeds
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The striker appeared to score his late equaliser with his arm.

Kemar Roofe scored a controversial late equaliser as Leeds forced a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.

Forest appeared to be on course to secure another away victory after Jack Robinson headed them into an early lead but they had to settle for a point.

The visitors were incensed as Roofe appeared to bundle the ball home with his arm yet they were fortunate to escape with a share of the spoils from a game Leeds dominated from start to finish.

Buoyed by Wednesday’s welcome win over Ipswich, Leeds made a fast start and had an early chance when Mateusz Klich lost his footing with the goal gaping after Costel Pantilimon spilt Adam Forshaw’s cross.

But it was Forest who opened the scoring on 12 minutes, Robinson beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell with a downward header from Joe Lolley’s corner.

Leeds responded positively, with Pablo Hernandez having a deflected effort turned behind and Roofe volleying wide from close range.

United suffered a big blow when right-back Luke Ayling went off injured and Matty Cash threatened to leave them with an improbable task when he took aim in the box, only to lash his shot wide.

Leeds continued to press for an equaliser as half-time approached, with Ezgjan Alioski just failing to get on the end of Hernandez’s scuffed strike and Forshaw narrowly missing the target with a 20-yard shot.

Forest were forced into a change early in the second period when captain Danny Fox went off injured but substitute Michael Dawson and his fellow defenders limited Leeds to speculative efforts as the home fans grew frustrated.

Marcelo Bielsa turned to Samuel Saiz and Jack Clarke for inspiration and the latter tried to get Leeds going with an audacious strike that flew wide.

The young winger then flashed a cross just beyond the reach of Hernandez and it appeared as if it was not going to be Leeds’ night.

But Forest eventually buckled eight minutes from time when Roofe turned in Klich’s shot on the line after Stuart Dallas had fired the ball across goal.

The visitors claimed Roofe used his arm but referee Geoff Eltringham gave the goal after a lengthy discussion with the linesman.

Hernandez came close to winning it for Leeds in stoppage time but his deft flick from Alioski’s cross went just wide.

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1Norwich CityNorwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
8Swansea CitySwansea177551913626
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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