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.

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:

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.


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