Leeds hit Forest for four...
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0, UNITED 4 (Snodgrass 20, Howson 45, Becchio 50, Clayton 67)
Notts Forest: Camp, Morgan, Chambers, Lynch, Reid, Cunningham (Gunter 65), Anderson, McGugan (McGoldrick 65), Moussi, Tudgay, Findley Subs: Greening, Smith.
United: McCarthy, Connolly, Kisnorbo, Lees, Pugh, Snodgrass (Nunez 80), Clayton (Keogh 75), Howson, Brown, White, Becchio (McCormack 75). Subs: M Taylor, Nunez, Bromby.
Referee: D Deadman
Sent-off: Reid (Forest)
Att: 23577 (3597 Leeds)
Leeds United were a club in mourning for the trip to Nottingham Forest with the game taking place just over 48 hours after the shock passing of former Elland Road favourite Gary Speed.
Almost 4,000 United fans headed to the City Ground for what was sure to be an emotional night.
United boss Simon Grayson had spoken of the game being a tribute to his old team-mate and he made two changes for the clash with Danny Pugh returning in place of Lloyd Sam and Michael Brown coming in for Ross McCormack.
The changes meant a change of system for Leeds with Aidy White moving up into a wide midfield role, Brown dropping in at the heart of the midfield, and Luciano Becchio playing down the middle.
There was an emotional minute's applause before the game kicked off, and it was Leeds who started on the front foot, White breaking and crossing for Rob Snodgrass, who fired over inside 20 seconds.
Back by a noisy, passionate following, United started the contest brightly and looked to move the ball forward quickly and pressurise the home side. Wes Morgan had to deal with one cross, and Jonny Howson tested Lee Camp with a low drive.
As another cross drifted just too far for White, the away support cranked up the volume with the first chants of Gary Speed.
In the 11th minute as the fans paid their respects vocally another product of the youth system, Howson, tested Camp again with a good strike from distance.
The support from the fans was amazing and on 20 minutes they were celebrating when Robert Snodgrass fired home the opening goal with a great strike from outside of the box. The strike came on the back of the continued chants of Gary Speed's name and the celebrations were special.
United enjoyed the better of the opening half-hour and while the game was keenly fought, Leeds looked a good attacking threat when Snodgrass and White pushing forward, and Howson and Clayton offering support behind.
On 33 minutes, Becchio almost got through on goal and he was only denied by a last-ditch tackle from Joel Lynch who managed to stab the ball away from the striker.
Snodgrass also came within a whisker of scoring a second goal moments later when he cashed in a Camp mistake. He was able to rob the keeper of the ball, but his shot clipped the legs of Morgan and landed on top of the net.
Snodgrass was involved again on 40 minutes when he robbed Greg Cunningham to escape down the right. The Scot pulled the ball back, but Howson was unable to convert with a shot that went wide.
But when the two next combined, Howson delivered a superb finish from distance to double United's advantage on the stroke of half-time.
And things got even better for Leeds within five minutes of the start of the second half when Luciano Becchio converted a Michael Brown cross to make it 3-0 in the game.
The United fans were in celebration mode with the game seemingly wrapped up and the City Ground echoed to a chant of "3-0 for Gary Speed" from the fantastic away support.
The three goals were no less than United deserved for a terrific away performance as the game entered the final half-hour, It took the home side 63 minutes to carve out a chance and when it came Ishmael Miller headed straight into the arms of Alex McCarthy.
But if there were any doubts that the game wasn''t over they were erased on 67 minutes when Adam Clayton smashed the ball home after a scramble which had seen Howson denied, and it was 4-0 to United.
Forest were merely playing for pride during the closing stages, and Lynch did skim the bar with one ball into the box.
With a little over 10 minutes remaining, Forest's frustration spilled over when Andy Reid was dismissed following a foul, leaving the hosts with just 10 men for the final stages.
That didn't stop substitute David McGoldrick trying his luck from distance for McCarthy to make a great save - but Leeds responded quickly and Ross McCormack sent a shot skidding wide.
As the home fans headed for the exits, the magnificent travelling support celebrated with a wide rendition of songs as Leeds cruised to victory.