Leeds United took a crucial three points under the lights at Elland Road against Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest.
The away side fired a warning shot early on when Dennis hit the post from close range when his flick-on at the front post was returned to him for a second bite.
Forest took the lead on the 12-minute mark as they broke quickly on a turnover by Luke Ayling, with Mangala slotting the ball into the bottom right corner with a powerful side-footed strike.
Leeds held it together and picked up the pace in response, equalising ten minutes later through Jack Harrison’s rebound of Marc Roca’s strike which was parried by Keylor Navas into the path of Harrison, who simply couldn’t miss.
The Whites didn’t look back from there, dominating possession and conceding little in the way of chances at the other end. Finally, on the stroke of half-time, Leeds took the lead as Sinisterra brought the ball inside from the left and curled the ball into the far corner.
Throughout the second half, Leeds failed to capitalise on several errors by the Forest defence, making the atmosphere inside Elland Road all the more nervy as the minutes ticked by. Forest provided danger, particularly from set pieces, but it wasn’t enough the find an equaliser.