Cotterill brings first home win

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STEVE Cotterill immediately endeared himself to Nottingham Forest supporters by giving them a first home Championship victory of the season in his opening game as manager.

Ex Sheffield Wednesday ace Marcus Tudgay scored the first goal of the Cotterill era, providing the finishing touch to a flowing Forest move that epitomised their football in the first half.

Lewis McGugan capped a fine individual performance with a superb second goal shortly after half-time to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Middlesbrough and lift Forest out of the relegation zone.

Coventry defender Richard Wood turned home a stoppage-time equaliser to deny Leeds a place back in the top six.

Sky Blues defender Cyrus Christie launched a desperate cross to the far post in time added on and, after Leeds goalkeeper Paul Rachubka could only parry the ball, Wood pounced to cancel out Darren O’Dea’s opener.

It was just reward for the visitors, who refused to buckle under periods of pressure and Leeds were made to pay for missed chances. Defender O’Dea had driven home in the first half.