Tag: Nottingham Forest

Championship: Notts Forest 2-1 Bournemouth

Dougie Freedman’s unbeaten start as Nottingham Forest manager stretched to five matches as they came from behind to beat promotion-chasing Bournemouth.

Andrew Surman fired Bournemouth into a third-minute lead from 25 yards as they looked to avoid a second successive defeat.

But Jamaal Lascelles shot through a crowded box to level before Henri Lansbury’s free-kick sealed the win.

The Cherries are four points off the Championship’s top two in fourth.

Eddie Howe’s men had previously gone four league matches unbeaten to raise hopes of automatic Premier League promotion but back-to-back defeats have dented their bid.

Forest on the other hand have now won four in five matches since Freedman replaced Stuart Pearce and have moved to within 12 points of the top six.

Surman’s delicious curled opener after three minutes was the least Bournemouth deserved in the opening exchanges as they pressured the home goal.

Forest held firm though and levelled as Lascelles sent a shot from the edge of the area through a crowded box for his first goal since April.

The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time as skipper Lansbury converted a free-kick from 20 yards.

After the break Lascelles had a header cleared off the line and Lansbury curled another free-kick just over as Forest deservedly secured maximum points.

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Championship: Rotherham 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Rotherham’s winless run was extended to nine games as they were held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest.

The Millers went closest before the break, with Emmanuel Ledesma cannoning an effort off the crossbar before Tom Lawrence shot wastefully wide.

Henri Lansbury headed over for Forest early in the second half after good work from Michail Antonio.

Keeper Karl Darlow ensured Forest shared the spoils, saving a Reece James shot with his legs.

Despite drawing for the sixth time in nine matches, Rotherham moved three points above the relegation places following Brighton’s 1-0 loss to Millwall on Friday.

Forest, meanwhile, go ninth in the Championship table, but are now five points off play-off places following Watford’s 2-1 win over Wigan Atheltic.

The Millers were almost gifted an early chance with Forest keeper Darlow mis-kicking a backpass from Kelvin Wilson before recovering to clear as Alex Revell closed in.

Antonio created two inviting openings for Forest before the break, crossing for Dexter Blackstock to head wide at the back post before whipping the ball in for Britt Assombalonga to prod off target.

Darlow saved from Ben Pringle, but Ledesma almost put the Millers ahead with a fierce 25-yard effort which struck the woodwork.

A minute later Lawrence steered an effort wide for Steve Evans’ side after James found the on-loan Leicester City forward unmarked in the box.

Lansbury nodded over early in the second half following more good work from Antonio down the left, and although Blackstock found the back of the net with a header before the hour, his effort was ruled out for a push.

Pringle squandered a glorious chance to put Rotherham ahead soon after, blasting over from six yards after Lawrence found the midfielder with a neat cut-back pass.

And Darlow ensured Stuart Pearce’s Forest left the New York Stadium with a point by foiling on-loan Manchester United defender James.

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