Leeds United battered Nottingham Forest last night, left no Forest fan speak differently using words such as ‘resolute’. They were battered fair and square.
However, after taking a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute, courtesy of Jack Robinson’s headed goal from a Joe Lolley corner, they committed the cardinal sin of sitting back on their lead. The result of that particular enterprise, you can read it here.
However, and rightly so, despite the domination that was dished out to them by Leeds, Nottingham Forest fans have every right to feel aggrieved that they returned to their homes with only a share of the points in the bag.
That was after Kemar Roofe popped up to ‘hand’ Leeds United a late equaliser. Hand is the operative word here, video replays CLEARLY showing Roofe stooping to knock the ball into the Forest goal, at the far post, with his right forearm.
The reaction from Forest fans, loud and vociferous in its nature, was more than understandable. Much of what they said after that incident couldn’t be printed in any way, shape or form – what is contained here from Twitter being the diluted version.
After what had happened, Roofe beat back complaints about the ‘goal’ saying, in a piece reported by Phil Hay, “What do you want me to do? Run up to the referee and say it shouldn’t be allowed?”
That would have been the magnanimous thing to do, but understandably not done in light of the position in the game. Not that I am condoning it, by no means. Yes there’s every right to feel aggrieved for Forest fans, but was there a similar reaction when former Forest hero Stuart Pearce did something similar against Brazil to keep the ball OUT of the net?
After his defensive statement, Leeds United’s leading scorer Roofe put the following on his Instagram account:
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That “week I’ll never forget” obviously links back to his goal in last night’s draw against Forest. However, it also includes a reference to the birth of his second child…I think!
Anyway, Roofe and Leeds United have until Saturday to turn around for the game away at Wigan Athletic. They will arrive at that game second in the table, their hosts sitting in a less-than-comfortable 14th place. Whilst the Whites will come in on the back of a 1-1 draw, the Latics will face them on the back of a 4-2 stuffing by current league leaders Sheffield United.