Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns has insisted the Tricky Trees can play well against Leeds United and says that the Whites cheated to get a point at Elland Road in October.

Aitor Karanka’s men will be aiming to put an end to a five-game winless run in the Championship behind them when they host league leaders Leeds at the City Ground later today.

The Tricky Trees have slipped to 10th in the league table after a dismal run of form in December and are now aiming to start the new year with better fortunes.

Despite being on the receiving end of a controversial decision during the reverse fixture in October, Forest will be gunning for revenge by inflicting back-to-back losses in the league on the Whites.

Burns, who was a part of the historic Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup, insisted the hosts can play well against Leeds at the City Ground.

However, the former Forest star also admitted that Leeds are favourites heading into the game despite their defeat to Hull City.

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“After our last three games and given where Leeds are in the table, you’ve probably got to say they are the favourites going into the match – even though we are at home and even though they lost to Hull City at the weekend”, Burns wrote in his column for the Nottingham Post.

“But we know we can play well against them. We shouldn’t fear playing them.”

Burns also stressed that Nottingham Forest deserved to win at Elland Road in October and claimed that Leeds' handballed goal by Kemar Roofe to get a result that was nothing short of criminal.

“We should have beaten them at Elland Road, but they cheated to get a point”, he continued.

“The referee and the linesman were absolute plonkers that day because they missed a blatant handball for the equaliser.

"It was nothing short of criminal.”

Nottingham Forest have a FA Cup third round meeting with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after the meeting against Leeds later today.