Ahead for most of the game and seemingly coasting towards a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Elland Road, Nottingham Forest succumbed to immense pressure and conceded against Leeds United.
The home side’s inability to maintain focus at corners was their undoing in the 11th minute of the game. A Joe Lolley corner was drifted in and Jack Robinson was left unmarked, glancing a downward header beyond Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
It was a game of industry for the rest of the first-half, a football arm wrestle of a match. Leeds United laboured as they looked to get a foothold back into the game in front of a slightly stunned Elland Road.
The second half was different and was more Rorke’s Drift than Elland Road, the Whites piling forward as Nottingham Forest simply sat back and waved Leeds on to them. The home side responded in ever-increasingly desperate droves.
It is not the fact that Leeds United equalised that is garnering anger over on Twitter tonight from Nottingham Forest fans, their sitting back and inviting Leeds onto them would be a shoulder shrug moment for that. It’s the manner of the equaliser.
— AztecGod (@AztecGodStreams) October 27, 2018
A late ball in from Polish international Mateusz Klich sliced between the defenders and was met by Kemar Roofe at the post. Stooping low, Roofe bundled the ball over the line for the equaliser.
Instantly Forest players, led by goalkeeper Costel Pantillimon, started to complain vociferously. On the video evidence from above, you can hardly blame them. Roofe was so far behind the whipped-in ball that he’d have had to hail a taxi to get there to meet it.
Given the circumstances, you can understand that the rage and fire felt by the Forest players would be something that was translated, after the match, to their fans. You’d be right. Here’s what their fans had to say in the immediate aftermath of what is looking increasingly like a dreadful decision:
I think the defence, Gueddy and Colback were absolutely superb today and deserved 3 points. But at the end of the day we were robbed by a very poor decision by the officials. However we have to take positives from the game and move forward. 👏👏👏👏 COYR #nffc
— Gary (@cambs_forest) October 27, 2018
— Anthony Johnson (@antj76) October 27, 2018
They haven’t changed. Still absolute cheats like they were in the 70s
“We’re the champions of Europe”
Good grief what a god awful club, and awful fans #NFFC
— Chris (@88RedC) October 27, 2018
Ball to hand? Not content with cheating, Hoofe now trying to excuse a deliberate action to move his arm towards goal, to intercept & guide the ball into the net. Ref & lino culpable #nffc
— Kenneth Field (@kennethfield) October 27, 2018
— Tom Purcell (@tomopurcell) October 27, 2018
Would have taken a draw before the game. Would have even taken one during the game, but to lose two points to a blatant handball is an absolute sickener. #nffc
— graham rowley (@wightred) October 27, 2018
— Ben Swain (@BenSwain) October 27, 2018
Robbed by Leeds twice today. By the price and by the result. #NFFC
— Adam Webster (@AdamWebster12) October 27, 2018
These are from the cleaner end of the scale, believe you me it gets a lot more industrial and pre-watershed in terms of language used.