08 February 2020 20:46
Sammy Ameobi's goal against Leeds was just his third of the season for Nottingham Forest Nottingham Forest inflicted further damage to Leeds United's promotion hopes and boosted their own ambitions of a return to the Premier League by edging an absorbing end-to-end contest at the City Ground. Sammy Ameobi put the hosts in front before half-time, beating goalkeeper Kiko Casilla at his near post when the Spaniard had anticipated the shot going towards the opposite corner. Leeds predictably bossed possession throughout - seeing 70% of the ball despite being away from home - but it was the Reds who looked by far the more threatening in an energetic and resourceful counter-attacking display. And, with the visitors pushing desperately for an equaliser, Forest scored a second goal deep into stoppage time when Joe Lolley teed up Tyler Walker for a simple tap in after another swift breakaway. Following Fulham's victory at Blackburn Rovers earlier on Saturday, Marcelo Bielsa's side are now level on points with the third-placed Cottagers, having also squandered the opportunity to go top by losing to the Reds.
Forest, meanwhile, are just one point further back in fourth and are one of at least five sides who look firmly in the mix for automatic promotion. The game really opened up after half-time, however, with gilt-edged opportunities wasted by both teams. Since beating Hull City to earn their seventh successive victory on 10 December, Leeds have won just twice in the Championship. The Whites have trailed at some stage in every one of their past nine Championship games - since Cardiff City came from 3-0 down to draw at Elland Road on 14 December. Leeds have also now failed to score in three of their last four league matches, as many times as they had done so in their previous 28 games.
Meanwhile, Forest currently find themselves fourth in the league table with 51 points from 30 matches. The Reds are just four points behind second-placed Leeds and five points behind leaders West Brom, and they are very much in the running for automatic promotion to the Premier League. Sabri Lamouchi's side will head into the match against Leeds on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City away from home at St. Andrew's. This is how Forest and Leeds will line up at the City Ground in the Championship this evening: Leeds United XI: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Alioski, Dallas, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Hernandez, Bamford Subs: Meslier, Struijk, Shackleton, Berardi, Stevens, Roberts, Augustin No changes to the Starting XI for this evening's clash, but Jean-Kevin Augustin is named on the bench for the first time since joining from RB Leipzig — Leeds United (@LUFC) February 8, 2020 Fixture: Nottingham Forest vs Leeds United Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has named his matchday squad that will take on Nottingham Forest in a Championship clash at the City Ground this evening. The Yorkshire giants have won just one of their last five Championship games and are looking to get their season back on track in order to keep their promotion charge alive in the second half of the campaign.
Patrick Bamford will continue to lead the line for Leeds tonight, with Jack Harrison and Helder Costa playing as the wide men who will be tasked with providing creativity and width to the team. Stuart Dallas and Gianni Alioski will play as full-backs, while Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper line up in the centre. New signing Jean-Kevin Augustin has been left on the bench and Tyler Roberts is also an attacking option Bielsa has on the bench. Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Alioski, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Hernandez, Bamford Substitutes: Meslier, Struijk, Shackleton, Berardi, Stevens, Roberts, Augustin Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to hand Jamie Shackleton a start in the club's clash against Nottingham Forest. The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 20-year-old has the right sort of attributes to fill the void left by the suspended Kalvin Phillips. Bielsa has had to make do without his midfield mainstay for the last two games due to his red card against QPR, with utility man Stuart Dallas taking his place in the centre of the pitch. However, with Shackleton now back to fitness after his injury layoff, Whelan has urged Bielsa to put him in and move Dallas back to right-back after his dazzling performances in defence. "Quite frankly, I'd have played him (Shackleton) in the Kalvin Phillips role, I think that suits him," Whelan told Football Insider. "You're always going to make mistakes, whether that's Kalvin Phillips or Shackleton or Stuart Dallas who plays in that role. "I think he gives you energy, he gives you tenacity, you can play Dallas in the right-back position which I think has been his best position at the minute, he's been fantastic there this year. Shackleton has played just 10 times across all competitions this season for Leeds, with a total of two minutes under his belt since his last start in October. He has been utilised as a midfielder and a right-back by Bielsa and has 34 senior games under his belt to date.