Leeds survive as Forest’s fire fizzles out

RIVAL managers Billy Davies and Simon Grayson unsurprisingly had different views on the incident involving Nottingham Forest’s Chris Gunter and Leeds’ Sanchez Watt in the 1-1 draw at The City Ground yesterday.

Gunter and Watt were both booked following the 81st-minute fracas, but Leeds boss Grayson said: “The referee has got the wrong decision. I have seen it and the Forest player is a lucky boy, it’s a blatant stamp. I don’t know how the referee gave two yellow cards, it’s a strange decision that’s been made.”

Forest manager Davies said: “I have watched the video and there was a stamp on my goalkeeper Lee Camp before the other incident. Gunter was also clearly stamped on and has then reacted naively. Gunter should not have got involved and was not as professional as he should have been.”

Both managers agreed, however, that the game should have been sewn up by Forest before half-time as they blitzed Leeds but only had a Dexter Blackstock goal to show for it.

Davies added: “The game should have been over and done with after the first 35 minutes. If it had been a boxing match it would have been stopped. But then, not through their good play but from our bad play, they have equalised and we have gone in at half-time very disappointed.

“The second half was stop-start and I think we were guilty at times of trying to overplay it. We must learn how to handle situations like this. There is a need for us to change our mentality at times.

“Ask John McGovern and the great side he played in here. There were times when they had to win games in a different way.”

Grayson was delighted with the way his team withstood Forest and suggested they might take all three points in the second half.

He said: “For the first 10 or 15 minutes we were under so much pressure that we had to change things. The early goal put us under pressure and we could not cope with what they were throwing at us.

“We know we are going to be on the back foot at times in this division but we dug in and our goal gave us a bit of belief. In the end we were the dominant team and there were a lot of encouraging things to come out of today.

“Getting our first point was very important because if we had lost the first two games it would have been difficult for us. Now we can look forward to facing Millwall next weekend.”

NOTTM FOREST: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Wilson, Bertrand, Anderson (McCleary 62), McKenna, Majewski (Tyson 68), Cohen, Blackstock (Moussi 83), Earnshaw.

LEEDS: Schmeichel, Connolly, Collins, Naylor, Bessone, Watt, Johnson, Howson, Kilkenny, Sam (Clayton 89), Becchio.

Referee: T Bates (Staffordshire).

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