Doukara volley sends Leeds back into third


Leeds made it six home wins and six home clean sheets in a row as they beat Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.

Chris Wood pounced on Pontus Jansson’s deflected header to put the White’s into the lead before Doukara’s thunderbolt secured all three points.

It would be Forest who started the better of the two sides as Leeds failed to take control of the game.

Rob Green settled his nerves when he was forced into an early save as he tipped Britt Assombalonga’s strike over the top of the cross bar on the 12th minute.

Leeds thought they had taken the lead just two minutes later but Wood’s effort was ruled out for offside following Pablo Hernandez’s free kick.

Jansson showed the Elland Road faithful what they had been missing during his two game suspension as he crunched Ben Osborn and sparked life into the crowd.

The visitors saw another chance go begging as Assombalonga found space in the Leeds penalty area following a quick free kick but he saw his volley go over the top of the crossbar.

Looking at United’s home form this season you’d have though Stephen Henderson would have been prepared for Leeds’ typical second half onslaught.

It’s fair to say no one predicted what was about to happen…

Henderson seemed to be in trouble with in minutes of the second half after he collided with Wood and needed treatment on an eye injury.

It took Leeds just seven minutes to have the ball in Henderson’s net.

Hernandez played in a lofted corner and was met by Jansson but his deflected header fell to the feet of Wood who smashed home from close range for his 20th goal this season.

Leeds had taken the sting out of Forest play and were now looking the dominant side we have seen of late.

Stuart Dallas was replaced by Doukara on the 72nd minute as Leeds pressed for a second. Just minutes later Elland was in shock.

Hernandez played in another corner from the right hand side and Forest cleared their lines but the ball fell to Doukara who unleashed a volley that Tony Yeboah would have been proud of.

Kemar Roofe tried to emulate Doukara’s strike but his right footed volley from the edge of the area went narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

Leeds held on to the two goal lead and clean sheet which sees them climb back into third in the table and gives them a healthy cushion over their play off chasing rivals.

Reporter- Matthew Beedle