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Nottingham Forest 2 Crystal Palace 2: Injury-time equaliser spares Alex McLeish"s blushes

Nottingham Forest 2 Crystal Palace 2: Injury-time equaliser spares McLeish's blushes in first game in charge

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17:08 GMT, 29 December 2012

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17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

Alex McLeish's first game in charge of Nottingham Forest ended in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

McLeish, appointed on Thursday after the Al Hasawi family dispensed of Sean O'Driscoll's services on Boxing Day just hours after the 4-2 home win over Leeds, received a good reception prior to kick-off at the City Ground.

Andy Reid scored Forest's first goal of the McLeish era, equalising in first-half injury time after Glenn Murray had put Palace in front in the ninth minute.

All square: McLeish's reign at Nottingham Forest started with a draw

All square: McLeish's reign at Nottingham Forest started with a draw

Saviour: Sharp rescued a point for Forest with a late strike

Saviour: Sharp rescued a point for Forest with a late strike

Last-ditch: Sharp's goal earned a 2-2 draw for Forest in McLeish's first game in charge

Last-ditch: Sharp's goal earned a 2-2 draw for Forest in McLeish's first game in charge

Match facts

Nottingham Forest goals: Andy Reid 45, Billy Sharp 90.

Crystal Palace goals: Glenn Murray 9, 81.

Att: 23,703

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It looked like there was to be no
fairytale beginning for the Scot when Murray struck again with nine
minutes remaining, but Billy Sharp grabbed an injury-time leveller.

McLeish would probably have named the same team that beat Leeds, but Alan Hutton's sickness bug brought an enforced change.

Dan Harding was restored to the starting line up, meaning Greg Halford moved to right-back with Harding playing at left-back.

Palace manager Ian Holloway also made one change as Andre Moritz was recalled in place of Owen Garvan, who dropped to the bench.

Dexter Blackstock headed an early chance wide for Forest before Murray opened the scoring.

Dean Moxey got to the byline, his low cross evaded everyone and Murray bundled the ball home at the far post.

Julian Speroni preserved Palace's lead in the 15th minute, sprawling to his right to tip Radoslaw Majewski's shot wide.

When Speroni was beaten by Sharp's diving header just before the half-hour mark, the post came to Palace's aid.

Forest were enjoying some good
pressure and finally got themselves level at the end of the first half
with a superb 25-yard shot from Reid that flew across Speroni and into
the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Wilfried Zaha came close to putting
Palace back in front at the start of the second half but his shot fizzed
across goal and narrowly missed the far post.

At the other end, Speroni continued his good afternoon with another fine save to keep out Chris Cohen at the near post.

Solid start: Forest are still in the mix for a playoff place

Solid start: Forest are still in the mix for a playoff place

Thumbs up: McLeish's appointment was met with angry responses from some fans

Thumbs up: McLeish's appointment was met with angry responses from some fans

Tight: Sharp's late goal denied Palace all three points at the City Ground

Tight: Sharp's late goal denied Palace all three points at the City Ground

The Argentinian was at it again midway through the second half, this time pushing away Danny Collins' header.

Murray got his second goal of the game with a superb 81st-minute header.

Yannick Bolasie's far-post cross
looked to have evaded Murray, but the striker somehow generated enough
power to loop the ball back across goal, over goalkeeper Lee Camp and
into the back of the net.

It looked like giving Holloway's team
their first win in five npower Championship matches but there was time
for more late drama.

Speroni produced a superb save from
Blackstock's header to tip the ball onto the post, but Sharp was on hand
at close range and had the simplest of finishes to earn Forest a point.

Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent

Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent

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17:19 GMT, 1 December 2012

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17:40 GMT, 1 December 2012

Hull maintained their npower Championship promotion push with victory over Nottingham Forest.

It was a tale of two penalties in the first half of a drab encounter on the banks of the River Trent.

Robert Koren put Hull in front after 34 minutes before Billy Sharp levelled things up with his spot-kick in the 43rd minute.

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Harding, Coppinger, Guedioura, Gillett (McGugan 75), Cohen (Blackstock 75), Reid, Sharp. Subs Not Used: Darlow, Moussi, Findley, Moloney, Lansbury.

Scorer: Sharp 43 pen.

Hull: Stockdale, Bruce, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans, Quinn, Brady (Faye 87), Koren (Rosenior 89), Mclean (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Olofinjana.

Yellow cards: Brady, Stockdale, Meyler, Rosenior.

Scorers: Koren 34 pen,McShane 69.

Att: 19,472

Ref: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

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Paul McShane won it for the Tigers with a close-range header after 69 minutes.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll made two changes after seeing his side's four-game unbeaten league run come to an end with a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich on Tuesday night.

James Coppinger made only his second start since joining the Reds on loan from Doncaster at the end of August, while Andy Reid also returned in midfield.

Henri Lansbury and Dexter Blackstock dropped down to the bench as Forest played with Billy Sharp as a lone striker.

An injury to leading scorer Sone Aluko forced Hull boss Steve Bruce into his only change meaning a recall for Aaron Mclean.

A dull start to the game led to a first half littered with misplaced passes by both teams.

Forest had a lucky escape after 27 minutes when on-loan Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton conceded a corner when trying to head the ball back to goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Corry Evans' flag-kick was headed away from underneath his own crossbar by Elliott Ward before David Meyler shot into the side-netting. Meyler was involved in the penalty that gave Hull the lead.

He was brought down inside the box by Simon Gillett and Koren sent Camp the wrong way from the spot, stroking the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Out of the blue, Forest were presented with the opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty for Alex Bruce's foul on Sharp.

And the on-loan Southampton striker made no mistake from the spot, shooting powerfully into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Chris Cohen might have sent the hosts into half-time ahead but the midfielder lacked composure and blasted over from close range after his initial flick from Reid's cross was blocked.

The game improved slightly after the break with early chances at both ends.

Adlene Guedioura, who scored a superb long-range effort against his former club Wolves last weekend to give Forest a 2-1 win at Molineux, curled a shot just wide before Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Camp.

Guedioura then had a goalbound effort blocked and Cohen volleyed the rebound into the Trent End from the edge of the area.

Forest were dominating possession without making any telling inroads and they were made to pay midway through the second half.

It was dreadful defending from O'Driscoll's side.

Koren's corner was allowed all the way through a crowded penalty box and McShane had the simple task of heading in from two yards out.

Forest continued to enjoy much of the ball, with Hull seemingly content to play on the counter attack. O'Driscoll brought on Blackstock and Lewis McGugan, with Cohen and Gillett making way, but, with Forest continually frustrating with the final ball, it made no difference.

Centre-half Ward was pushed up front in the closing stages as an additional aerial threat and he almost rescued a point for Forest in injury time but his header was plucked from beneath the crossbar by Hull keeper David Stockdale.

Ipswich 3 Nottingham Forest 1: Match report

Ipswich 3 Nottingham Forest 1: Tractor Boys cut down Tricky Trees to move out of bottom three

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22:18 GMT, 27 November 2012

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22:18 GMT, 27 November 2012

Ipswich moved out of the relegation zone with a deserved win against in-form Nottingham Forest – only their second home victory of the season.

Mick McCarthy's men opened the scoring in fortuitous circumstances as a lack of communication between goalkeeper Lee Camp and defender Danny Collins saw Guirane N'Daw nip in to score.

Dexter Blackstock squeezed home an equaliser in the 58th minute, but Town regained the lead three minutes later when Luke Hyam netted the rebound from DJ Campbell's penalty which had been saved by Camp.

Moving on up: Guirane N'Daw celebrates his goal against Forest

Moving on up: Guirane N'Daw celebrates his goal against Forest

MATCH FACTS

Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Hyam (Drury 83), Martin, Barnett (Murphy 56), Campbell (Chopra 88).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Emmanuel-Thomas.

Booked: Orr, Hyam.

Goals: N'Daw 30, Hyam 61, Murphy 89.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Harding (McGugan 77), Gillett (Reid 46), Guedioura, Cohen, Lansbury (Coppinger 46), Sharp, Blackstock.

Subs Not Used: Darlow, Moussi, Moloney, Ayala.

Booked: Camp, Sharp.

Goal: Blackstock 58.

Attendnace: 16,200

Referee: Andy D'Urso

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The Forest goalkeeper was lucky to be
on the pitch after rushing out to stop Campbell when he was bearing
down on goal in the 16th minute.

Substitute Daryl Murphy sealed the points at the death with a neat finish.

A lively start from Town saw them
create the first opening of the game. Lee Martin floated in a cross for
the unmarked Tommy Smith but his header was straight at Camp.

McCarthy had his head in his hands as
Camp escaped with just a yellow card after taking out Ipswich striker
Campbell as he raced through shortly afterwards.

Blackstock shot straight at Town
goalkeeper Stephen Henderson as Forest looked to respond, but Town
pushed forward again and Hyam fired inches over from a corner.

The home side got the goal their
pressure deserved in comical circumstances on the half hour. A mix-up
between Collins and Camp allowed N'Daw to sneak in and score.

The goal seemed to spark Forest into
life and they came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the 42nd minute
when Billy Sharp took advantage of a slip from Bradley Orr to rattle the
crossbar from Alan Hutton's cross.

Forest made a double substitution at
the start of the second half, with Andy Reid and James Coppinger coming
on for Simon Gillet and Henri Lansbury.

Big win: The Ipswich players celebrated their win that moved them out of the bottom three

Big win: The Ipswich players celebrated their win that moved them out of the bottom three

Both sides had early chances, with a
low shot from Orr creeping just past the left-hand upright and Sharp
failing to connect sweetly with an overhead kick attempt for Forest
after good work from the substitutes.

The double change had provided the Reds with added impetus and Reid forced a decent save from Henderson with a low drive.

Daryl Murphy came on for debutant
Tyrone Barnett and was immediately involved, firing in a shot which took
a deflection and almost caught out Camp who gratefully gathered.

Going down: DJ Campbell battles with Lee Camp

Going down: DJ Campbell battles with Lee Camp

But Forest levelled shortly
afterwards as Reid found Sharp and the striker managed to get the ball
across to Blackstock who poked home from six yards.

Their joy was shortlived, though, as
Ipswich were awarded a penalty when Campbell went down in the box under
challenge from Collins. Camp made a superb stop from Campbell's
spot-kick but Hyam followed in to score.

Going in the right direction: Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy saw his side win

Going in the right direction: Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy saw his side win

After a mad few minutes the half hit a lull, with neither side able to create clear-cut chances.
But Ipswich sealed a much-needed win in the last minute when Murphy
dispossessed Reid and was allowed to carry the ball into the box where
he coolly slotted past Camp.

Leicester 2 Nottingham Forest 2: match report

Leicester 2 Nottingham Forest 2: Cox on the spot to ensure derby ends all square

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14:56 GMT, 10 November 2012

East Midlands rivals Leicester and Nottingham Forest shared a thrilling draw at the King Power Stadium as the dominant hosts were forced to settle for a point.

The two sides met four times last season, three of which ended all square, and they could not be separated yet again as Forest twice hit back to level.

Forest defender Elliott Ward, on loan from Norwich, put through his own net to hand Leicester a seventh-minute lead before Adlene Guedioura equalised midway through the first half.

Share of the spoils: Nottingham Forest twice fought back to earn a point at Leicester

Share of the spoils: Nottingham Forest twice fought back to earn a point at Leicester

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 77), King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Waghorn, Nugent (Lingard 59)

Subs not used: Logan, Danns, James, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Ward 7 (og), Nugent 32

Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Collins, Moloney, Ward, Gillett (Blackstock), Reid (Lansbury 79), Cohen, Guedioura (Jenas 53), Sharp, Cox.

Subs not used: Darlow, McGugan, Tudgay, Coppinger

Goals: Guedioura 22, Cox 67 (pen)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 24,793

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David Nugent's superbly-taken lob, his seventh of the season, put the Foxes back in front before the break but Simon Cox's second-half penalty, Forest's first from the spot in 14 months, levelled matters.

Leicester will feel hard done by having bossed the derby, while they were denied strong penalty claims of their own after Cox's equaliser when Gillett appeared to handle in the area.

It was a first home draw of the campaign for Nigel Pearson's side, who have now won just one of their last six in the npower Championship.

Leicester, having dominated the early exchanges, drew first blood early on.

The goal owed much to the determination of the lively Martyn Waghorn, who harried and eventually won the ball before laying it off to Lloyd Dyer, he beat his man and crossed low from the left and Ward could only divert into his own goal.

Andy King almost levelled with another own goal at the other end, his flick narrowly going out for a corner after Kasper Schmeichel failed to collect.

But Forest did level with arguably their first meaningful attempt after 22 minutes.

The Reds cut their hosts open far too easily with a simple move down the right which ended with Guedioura side-footing home from 10 yards.

Off and running: Elliott Ward scores an own goal to put Leicester in front

Off and running: Elliott Ward scores an own goal to put Leicester in front

The leveller briefly gave Sean O'Driscoll's side greater confidence, but it did not last long as Nugent put Leicester back in front.

Talented Frenchman Anthony Knockaert sent Nugent clear with a delightful throughball and the striker sent an inch-perfect lob over Lee Camp.

Dyer rounded Camp as the Foxes went in search of a crucial third prior to the interval but the winger could not prevent the ball from running out.

Level pegging: Adlene Guedioura fires home to equalise for Nottingham Forest

Level pegging: Adlene Guedioura fires home to equalise for Nottingham Forest

Leicester passed up a superb chance to effectively wrap matters up four minutes after the break, Waghorn taking marginally too long to get his shot off and, with Camp beaten, allowed Ward to clear off the line.

Waghorn deserved a goal of his own but his header was well kept out by Camp just before the hour mark.

Cox fired off target for Forest from the edge of the area when he should have done better but it was always Leicester who looked the more dangerous, Camp again called into action to deny Dyer.
Yet out of nowhere Forest drew level.

Pure delight: David Nugent puts Leicester back in front before the break

Pure delight: David Nugent puts Leicester back in front before the break

Leicester gave possession away cheaply and Zak Whitbread brought down Billy Sharp in the penalty area, leaving Cox to take the honours from 12 yards.

Home fans were furious minutes later when Dyer's drilled effort appeared to rebound off the hand of Forest's Gillett in the penalty area.

That proved the final meaningful moment of the encounter as Forest took a point which will have pleased them more.

Nottingham Forest 0 Derby 1 – match report

Nottingham Forest 0 Derby 1: Rams rock rivals thanks to Bryson intervention

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14:35 GMT, 30 September 2012

Craig Bryson gave Derby their third successive win over 10-man Nottingham Forest after Dexter Blackstock was sent off in an ill-tempered east midlands derby.

A player had been dismissed in each of the last three meetings between these sides and a fourth always looked likely once the bruising challenges flew in from the off in this npower Championship encounter.

Sean O'Driscoll's side shaded the first period with Simon Cox skewing a swerving effort just past the post.

Close range: Craig Bryson scores the winner

Close range: Craig Bryson scores the winner

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Halford (Moloney 78) Ayala, Collins, Harding, Gillett, McGugan (Lansbury 75), Cohen, Reid (Sharp 74), Cox, Blackstock.

Subs not used: Evtimov, Moussi, Coppinger, Majewski.

Booked: Gillett, Reid, Lansbury

Sent off: Blackstock

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh, Roberts (O'Connor 78), Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes, Ward (Jacobs 65), Sammon (Robinson 82).

Subs not used: Legzdins, Tyson, Gjokaj, Freeman

Booked: Roberts, Buxton

Goal: Bryson 55

Att: 28,707

Ref: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

But the game's turning point came only
32 seconds after the break when Blackstock was sent off for what was
controversially deemed a deliberate elbow into Richard Keogh's head.

The 10 men found themselves behind nine minutes later when Bryson swept home to round off a flowing move down the right.

The Rams were indebted to goalkeeper
Frank Fielding, who made a fine save to deny Simon Gillett at the death
and confirm the three points.

Forest, who left out new loan recruit
Jermaine Jenas, had struck an early blow in this fixture on the previous
three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the feat.

They may well have done, though, had a
penalty been awarded when Cox's cross struck Jake Buxton's arm with
referee Robert Madley viewing the contact as accidental.

Any hopes Madley had of enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon were soon dashed as both sides set the tone with crunching challenges.

Forest came close as Greg Halford's
long throw somehow evaded everybody before the City Ground erupted in
collective rage as Gareth Roberts became the latest player booked for a
wild lunge on Chris Cohen.

Fielding was grateful for another
blast of Madley's whistle as the Rams stopper was fouled in the build-up
to Danny Collins' header which hit the crossbar.

Conor Sammon and Cox ended the half by trading long-range efforts but the sides went into the break deadlocked.

Richard Keogh and Bryson celebrate

Chris Cohen in dejection

Contrast: Richard Keogh and Bryson celebrate while Chris Cohen is left dejected

Thump: Andy Reid and Bryson (right) battle for the ball

Thump: Andy Reid and Bryson (right) battle for the ball

Thump: Andy Reid and Bryson (right) battle for the ball

If Madley had been conservative with his cards in the first 45 minutes, he sent out a huge message seconds after the interval.

Blackstock leapt with Keogh and, as
both sides wondered if the decision had gone their way, the Forest
striker was shown a straight red for elbowing Derby's skipper in the
head.

Blackstock walked off perplexed and the visitors soon made their numerical advantage count.

A lovely move down the right involving
John Brayford, Will Hughes and Paul Coutts ended with the latter
squaring an enticing centre which Bryson slotted home.

Scrap: Forest's Dan Harding is barged by Paul Coutts

Scrap: Forest's Dan Harding is barged by Paul Coutts

Tussle: Daniel Ayala and Conor Sammon (right)

Tussle: Daniel Ayala and Conor Sammon (right)

Sent off: Dexter Blackstock was dismissed for an elbow

Sent off: Dexter Blackstock was dismissed for an elbow

Jamie Ward left the pitch injured but
Nigel Clough's side continued to press forward as Bryson forced Lee Camp
into a smart stop.

O'Driscoll made a double switch,
introducing Billy Sharp and Henri Lansbury, and Fielding almost gifted
Forest an equaliser when he fumbled a Halford free-kick before gathering
at the second attempt.

But the Rams stopper was alert when called upon again, pushing away Gillett's stinging volley.

Cox and Lansbury were booked in the
closing stages to irk the home supporters further before a minor
confrontation involving Theo Robinson greeted the final whistle, in what
was a fitting end to a fiery affair.

Capital One Cup: Sheffield Wednesday produce comeback to beat Oldham as Nottingham Forest see off Fleetwood

Capital One Cup round up: Owls beat Oldham as Forest edge past Fleetwood

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23:20 GMT, 13 August 2012

Sheffield Wednesday produced a fantastic second-half fightback after going two goals down to see off Oldham 4-2 in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

The npower Championship side were two goals down after just 26 minutes as Jordan Slew marked his debut with a strike from close range and Jean Yves Mvoto put the League One side firmly in control with a fine header.

But Jermaine Johnson and Chris O'Grady – both former Oldham players – rescued them after the interval, the latter bagging a brace before Michail Antonio completed the win.

Comeback complete: Chris O'Grady scores Sheffield Wednesday's third goal

Comeback complete: Chris O'Grady scores Sheffield Wednesday's third goal

Graham Westley left the Deepdale dugout to a standing ovation after his new-look Preston team booked their place in the second round with a 2-0 defeat of Huddersfield.

Westley endured a troubled time after taking over at Preston last season but saw his side make the perfect start to the new campaign when Jack King headed home after 29 minutes.

Nicky Wroe, a summer signing from Shrewsbury, then doubled the lead five minutes before the break to help the League One side into the next round.

Pushed all the way: Dexter Blackstock scored as Nottingham Forest saw off Fleetwood

Pushed all the way: Dexter Blackstock scored as Nottingham Forest saw off Fleetwood

A second half goal from Dexter Blackstock gave Nottingham Forest a narrow victory over Football League newcomers Fleetwood Town.

Blackstock earned his side a passage into the second round with the only goal of the game after 57 minutes.

The experienced Andy Reid produced a superb delivery from the left which was met by the unmarked striker at the far post.

His first header was well saved by Scott Davies but the rebound fell perfectly into his path and he stroked the ball into the empty net from close range.

Reading promoted to Premier League after beating Nottingham Forest

Reading 1 Nottingham Forest 0: Promotion party for Royals as Leigertwood strikes late

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20:55 GMT, 17 April 2012

Reading won promotion back to the Barclays Premier League thanks to a late strike by Mikele Leigertwood at the Madejski Stadium and West Ham's failure to beat Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

With Reading on the brink of a return to the Premier League, Steve Cotterill’s side frustrated them for long periods.

But the Royals held their nerve to nick the win after midfielder Leigertwood prodded home from close range as Forest failed to clear Ian Harte's free-kick.

More to follow.

Tussle: Paul Anderson of Nottingham Forest tackles Reading Jimmy Kebe (right)

Tussle: Paul Anderson of Nottingham Forest tackles Reading Jimmy Kebe (right)

MATCH FACTS

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, Kebe, Leigertwood, Mullins, McAnuff, Roberts, Hunt (Le Fondre 58).

Subs not used: McCarthy, Gunnarsson, Church, Afobe.

Goals: Leigertwood 82

Booked: Kebe

Nottm Forest: Camp, Wootton (Reid 84), Chambers, Lynch, Elokobi, Gunter, Guedioura, McGugan (Greening 84), Anderson, Majewski (Tudgay 84), Blackstock.

Subs not used: Smith, Cunningham.

Booked: Wooton, Lynch

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

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Peterborough 0 Nottingham Forest 1: Dexter Blackstock"s goal lifts Reds

Peterborough 0 Nottingham Forest 1: Blackstock's goal lifts Cotterill's men clear of danger

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16:35 GMT, 9 April 2012

Nottingham Forest edged further away from the npower Championship relegation zone thanks to Dexter Blackstock's first-half goal at London Road.

Blackstock struck in the 38th minute as a third win in an unbeaten run of four away matches moved the Midlands club seven points clear of the bottom three despite the 70th-minute dismissal of winger Garath McCleary.

Both teams made just a single change despite a second game in the space of 48 hours.

Vital goal: Dexter Blackstock celebrates with team mates after scoring the only goal of the game

Vital goal: Dexter Blackstock celebrates with team mates after scoring the only goal of the game

MATCH FACTS

Peterborough: Jones, Alcock, Brisley, Zakuani, Rowe, McCann, Frecklington (Kearns 56), Boyd, Newell (Tomlin 61), Sinclair (Ball 16), Taylor.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Little.

Booked: Rowe.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Chambers, Lynch, Cunningham, McCleary, Guedioura, McGugan (Wootton 73), Reid (Elokobi 64), Blackstock (Tudgay 84),Majewski.

Subs Not Used: Smith, Higginbotham.

Sent Off: McCleary (70).

Goals: Blackstock 38.

Attendance: 11,631

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Teenage midfielder Joe Newell was handed a rare start for Peterborough as forward Lee Tomlin dropped down to the bench.

Guy Moussi was missing from the Forest squad. He was replaced in midfield by Lewis McGugan.

Forest flew out of the blocks. McCleary and Andy Reid had goalbound efforts blocked inside the opening minute and McGugan sent a shot wide before Posh goalkeeper Paul Jones had to tip a Blackstock header over the crossbar in the fifth minute.

McGugan struck a post with a strike from 18 yards two minutes later before Jones was called into action again, this time to make a parrying save to deny Radoslaw Majewski.

Steve Cotterill's side continued to pile forward with Adlene Guedioura and McGugan once again threatening with long-range efforts.

Peterborough were forced into a 16th-minute change when Emile Sinclair suffered an injury so David Ball was introduced.

Following wave after wave of Forest attacks, Newell offered something in reply after 20 minutes with a shot from the edge of the area that cleared the bar. George Boyd followed suit shortly afterwards.

Jones was fortunate to get away with a fumble from a Blackstock header midway through the first half before Blackstock and Majewski saw further efforts narrowly miss the target.

Forest finally made the breakthrough seven minutes before half-time.
McCleary's cross from the right was skilfully brought under control by Blackstock in front of goal and the striker lashed the ball into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Gaby Zakuani headed over as Peterborough looked for an immediate equaliser but Blackstock would have had a second goal had it not been blocked by Jones.

Posh threatened first after the break with Lee Camp parrying a shot from Paul Taylor.
But the second half soon began to take on the same pattern as the first as Jones pushed an effort from Majewski past a post and Blackstock saw shots blocked by Shaun Brisley and then Zakuani.

However, the sending-off of McCleary would see Forest lose their momentum.
The winger was shown a straight red card following a 70th-minute challenge on home captain Grant McCann.

Peterborough immediately set about trying to make their numerical advantage count and Camp had to block another shot from Taylor.

The Posh striker then saw another goalbound attempt blocked by Forest skipper Luke Chambers.

McCann curled a free-kick wide after 77 minutes and Boyd spurned their last chance to get something from the game when he mis-hit his shot from inside the area with two minutes remaining.

Leicester 0 Nottingham Forest 0: Snore draw

Leicester 0 Nottingham Forest 0: Snore draw all but ends Foxes promotion hopes

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21:30 GMT, 27 March 2012

The east midlands honours were even at the King Power Stadium in a goalless stalemate which does more for Nottingham Forest's npower Championship survival hopes than it does for Leicester's fading play-off aspirations.

Leicester, who would have moved within two points of the top six with victory, dominated the first half without making a breakthrough as Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp denied Sol Bamba and Ben Marshall.

Chances were few and far between in the second half. The closest either side came to a goal was when Adlene Guedioura's header clipped the top of the Leicester crossbar with 15 minutes remaining.

Scrappy: The east Midlands derby failed to match the hype

Scrappy: The east Midlands derby failed to match the hype

MATCH FACTS

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Bamba, St Ledger, Konchesky, Dyer (Howard 78), Drinkwater, Marshall, Morgan, Beckford, Nugent (Schlupp 64). Subs Not Used: King, Kennedy, Moore.

Booked: Drinkwater.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Wootton, Cunningham, Chambers, Reid (Higginbotham 90), Gunter, Moussi, Guedioura, Majewski (Tudgay 68), Blackstock, Lynch. Subs Not Used: Smith, Miller, McGugan.

Booked: Wootton.

Attendance: 23,412

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

The draw gives Forest a five-point cushion above the relegation zone.

Both sides made one enforced change from the weekend. Centre-half Bamba capably filled the spot in the Leicester midfield vacated by the suspended Neil Danns while Forest lost in-form winger Garath McCleary to a hamstring injury, meaning Chris Gunter played on the right and Scott Wootton came into the defence.

The first real chance came Forest's way after 11 minutes. Gunter's cross was just too high for Dexter Blackstock but a half clearance fell to Guedioura, who skipped past one man before his low shot from the left-hand side was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Soon afterwards Bamba worked Camp at the other end with a 20-yard volley, the technique befitting of a centre-forward rather than a centre-half.

Forest full-back Greg Cunningham saw a goalbound shot from the left side of the box hacked away from on the six-yard line when Schmeichel was beaten.

Marshall scored his first league goal for Leicester against Hull on Saturday and the winger would have had his second midway through the first half had Camp not got fingertips to his 25-yard shot.

Scramble: Kasper Schmeichel

Scramble: Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester produced the move of the match in the 34th minute. Bamba got the home fans on their feet, winning successive 50-50 challenges against Blackstock and Guy Moussi in the centre of midfield before marauding goalwards.

The Ivory Coast international played the ball out to the left to Jermaine Beckford who put Lloyd Dyer through but his low shot whistled narrowly wide.

Gunter and Radoslaw Majewski threatened for Forest either side of half-time but neither really troubled Schmeichel.

Both sides struggled to create openings after the break.

Guedioura came closest to a goal after 75 minutes when his glancing header from Andy Reid's inswinging free-kick skimmed the bar.

Forest captain Luke Chambers looped a header on to the roof of the net from another Reid cross soon afterwards in the only other chance of note in the second half.

Derby apologise after Nigel Doughty chants

Derby apologise after disgusting taunts from fans about late Forest owner Doughty

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11:54 GMT, 14 March 2012

Derby have issued an apology for the sickening chants regarding the late Nigel Doughty in Tuesday night's win over rivals Nottingham Forest.

A group of supporters at Pride Park aimed chants at Forest after the death of their former owner in February.

Derby released a statement the morning after the match, which read: 'Derby County Football Club wishes to formally apologise to the family of Nigel Doughty, Nottingham Forest Football Club and all supporters in attendance at Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday night for the behaviour of a small group of people at last night's game.

Repulsed: Dexter Blackstock (right) said the chanters should be ashamed of themselves

Repulsed: Dexter Blackstock (right) said the chanters should be ashamed of themselves

'Some of the chants directed to opposing supporters were wholly inappropriate and damage the excellent reputation of the Club and its supporters at large.

'Chief Executive Tom Glick has already apologised to club officials at Nottingham Forest, while manager Nigel Clough made his feelings clear in post match interviews.

'The club shall conduct a review of all aspects of last night's game, and it asks that supporters with any relevant information to please come forward and contact Safety & Operations Manager Nigel Wood in total confidence on 0871 472 1884.'

Glick added: 'We are very disappointed that a brief moment of insensitive and distasteful chanting by a minority of supporters spoiled what was a great occasion at Pride Park Stadium last night and we do not condone the actions of those individuals in any way, shape or form.

Forest: Former owner Nigel Doughty (right)

Forest: Former owner Nigel Doughty (right)

'The vast majority of our supporters come to Pride Park to enjoy watching and cheering the Rams on to victory and generate a positive atmosphere inside the stadium.

'It is a shame for this majority that we today have to focus on a small group of people whose actions reflect badly on us all.'

Forest player Dexter Blackstock took to Twitter to condemn fans involved in the despicable chanting, saying Derby should be 'ashamed' of the supporters involved.