Ryan Yates plays for Nottingham Forest Under-23s in defeat to strong Leeds United side

Ryan Yates plays for Nottingham Forest Under-23s in defeat to strong Leeds United side

Leeds United under-23s LIVE: updates from Nottingham Forest clash

Alan Smiths relationship with Leeds Uniteds supporters soured quickly back in 2004, when the boyhood White joined Manchester United following Leeds relegation from the Premier League.  

Leeds supporters were in an unforgiving mood at that time, after Smith turned his back on his boyhood club in favour of a move to their fierce rivals.

However, after a long period out of the top-flight, and with various reports confirming that Smith only left for Manchester to help Leeds out financially, most supporters are beginning to soften.

Today, Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post has confirmed that the ex-Leeds favourite has been spotted at Thorp Arch, watching the clubs under-23s against Nottingham Forest.

As expected, with a controversial figure like Smith showing up at the clubs training base, there has been plenty of reaction.

There were rumours before the season started that he'd be joining the academy in some capacity. This a sign of that?

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Carlos Corberan included first-team squad members Jamal Blackman, Jamie Shackleton, Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw and Ryan Edmondson in the starting line-up with midfielder Lewis Baker named on the bench for the visit of Forest.

The Whites dominated much of the ball in the opening period and it was a senior link up that had the first chance of the game for the hosts.

Dallas latched onto a ball over the top from Callum Nicell and his cross found Forshaw in the box but his effort was hit straight at Forest stopper Liam Bossin.

United continued to enjoy possession and shouldve opened the scoring just before the break as Pascal Struijk picked out another Dallas run with the Irishman bringing the ball down brilliantly before seeing his prodded effort fly agonisingly over the bar.

Leeds dominated proceedings once again after the half-time break and finally had their breakthrough on the hour mark as the ball fell to Edmondson who gathered himself inside the area and slotted home with ease.

The Whites added a second as Jordan Stevens finished off a lovely move as Baker picked out the wingers run into the area and the former Forest Green Rovers man calmly placed the ball into the far corner of the net.

Corberans men almost added a third as second half substitute Tom Pearce tested Bossins reactions with the goalkeeper pushing the ball back into the danger area. Clarke followed up not once but twice as he was denied by the woodwork before Edmondson saw another effort blocked by retreating Forest legs.

Virgil Gomes went close for the visitors but a shot from 20-yards was all they could muster in the second period as Leeds ran out deserved 2-0 winners at Thorp Arch and returned to winning ways in the Professional Development League.

Leeds Uniteds under-23s: Blackman, Shackleton, Halme, Struijk, Gotts, Nicell, McCalmont, Forshaw, Stevens, Dallas, Edmondson. Subs: Huffer, Diaz, Baker, Clarke, Pearce.

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