Leeds fought back from a shaky opening spell to claim a deserved point against npower Championship rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Forest stormed out of the blocks in their first home game of the season and spurned clear-cut chances either side of Dexter Blackstock's ninth-minute opener.

However, Billy Davies' men were made to pay for not taking full advantage of their early dominance as Leeds levelled through Lloyd Sam and it was the visitors who appeared more likely to grab a winner during a scrappy second half.

Paul Anderson had already forced Kasper Schmeichel into a sharp save by the time Forest opened the scoring. Chris Gunter's first-time cross from the right picked out the unmarked Blackstock and the striker guided a header beyond Schmeichel and into the bottom-left corner.

Forest almost added a second five minutes later following some delightful interplay between Blackstock and Robert Earnshaw, but the latter's shot cannoned off the post.

Leeds were on the rack at this stage, but they eventually weathered the storm and created a chance of their own in the 24th minute when Luciano Becchio was denied by the onrushing Lee Camp.

The visitors continued to improve as the half wore on and drew level nine minutes before the break through Sam's first league goal for the club. Wes Morgan needlessly gave away possession in his own half and the resulting attack ended with Bradley Johnson delivering a superb cross from the left for Sam to head home.

United came close again in the 70th minute as Sanchez Watt headed narrowly wide from a corner.

Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp then suffered a cut above his left eye following an accidental collision with Richard Naylor, although he was able to continue following treatment.

Tempers flared in the 79th minute after Gunter petulantly stamped on the foot of Watt during a break in play. Both men were booked by referee Tony Bates, although the Forest full-back can consider himself fortunate not to have seen red.

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#Lloyd Sam
#Richard Naylor
#Bradley Johnson
#Wes Morgan
#Championship
#Sanchez Watt
#Robert Earnshaw
#Lee Camp
#Dexter Blackstock
#Nottingham Forest
#Chris Gunter
#Kasper Schmeichel
#Leeds United
#Luciano Becchio
#Anderson
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