Scunthorpe's two-year stay in the Championship ended in dismal fashion as Nottingham Forest virtually sealed a play-off spot with a crushing victory.

The Iron needed to win to stand any chance of surviving but made the worst possible start when Kris Boyd put Forest ahead after only nine minutes.

Luke Chambers extended the lead before Michael O'Connor halved the deficit from the penalty spot.

But goals from Paul Anderson, Chambers and Boyd completed the rout.

Scunthorpe will return to League One next season, while Forest look near certainties for an appearance in the play-offs for the second season running.

Billy Davies' side will go into the final game three points in front of seventh-placed Leeds but six goals better off on goal difference.

Scunthorpe started brightly and Mark Duffy forced Lee Camp to parry a shot from the left side of the box after seven minutes, but Boyd opened the scoring shortly after with a low 12-yard effort.

Joe Murphy kept Scunthorpe in the game with two saves in quick succession to deny Robert Earnshaw and Chris Gunter.

However, there was little Murphy could do to prevent his side from falling 2-0 behind after 25 minutes when Chambers headed home from close range from Chris Cohen's corner.

Despite such a huge setback to their survival hopes, the visitors persevered and Camp tipped a 25-yard effort from Ramon Nunez over the crossbar before blocking a Grant shot.

Scunthorpe's endeavour was rewarded nine minutes before the break when Gunter brought down Nunez and O'Connor emphatically dispatched the penalty into the top corner.

Lee Miller then replaced the injured Chris Dagnall but the change did not affect Scunthorpe's rhythm and O'Connor worked Camp again with a fiercely struck free-kick that the Northern Ireland international had to push away.

Forest made two substitutions of their own at half-time, with Anderson and Guy Moussi coming on for David McGoldrick and Paul McKenna in a tactical switch by Davies.

It proved to be a master stroke as Anderson smashed home Lewis McGugan's free-kick from close range in the 48th minute.

The goal seemed to drain the life out of Alan Knill's team, who created little after Nunez had speculatively shot wide from long range after 53 minutes.

Forest too appeared to have less urgency, apart from a curling Earnshaw effort after 70 minutes from the right side of the box that Murphy pushed away.

The game meandered until eight minutes from time when Chambers headed his second goal of the game from another Cohen cross.

On-loan Middlesbrough striker Boyd then netted his six Forest goal and his 12th of the season with a superb 25-yard free-kick in the final minute.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Chambers
  • 05 Morgan Booked
  • 16 Gunter
  • 08 McGugan (Bennett - 77' )
  • 15 Cohen
  • 18 McKenna (Moussi - 46' )
  • 10 Earnshaw Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 17 McGoldrick (Anderson - 46' )
  • 22 Boyd

Substitutes

  • 38 Darlow
  • 27 Moloney
  • 29 Bennett
  • 07 Anderson
  • 19 Moussi
  • 09 Adebola
  • 20 Tudgay

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Murphy
  • 14 Nelson
  • 15 Mirfin
  • 20 Williams
  • 02 Wright (Nolan - 87' )
  • 04 Togwell
  • 07 Nunez
  • 08 O'Connor
  • 31 Duffy (Collins - 76' )
  • 09 Dagnall (Miller - 37' Booked )
  • 17 Grant

Substitutes

  • 22 Lillis
  • 03 Gordon
  • 12 Raynes
  • 21 Nolan
  • 28 Reid
  • 18 Collins
  • 19 Miller
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 27,949

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

8 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:38 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:43

Corner from right by-line taken by Chris Cohen.

90:00 +1:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Guy Moussi by Michael O'Connor. Luke Chambers takes the free kick.

89:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Kris Boyd - Nott'm For 5 - 1 Scunthorpe Kris Boyd grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 5-1 Scunthorpe.

88:43 Dismissal

Dismissal Robert Earnshaw sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence.

87:46

Guy Moussi fouled by Michael Nelson, the ref awards a free kick.

86:47 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Wright goes off and Eddie Nolan comes on.

86:14

Ramon Nunez has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

81:11

Assist on the goal came from Chris Cohen.

81:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Chambers - Nott'm For 4 - 1 Scunthorpe Luke Chambers scores a headed goal from close range. Nottm Forest 4-1 Scunthorpe.

80:27

Foul by Andrew Wright on Julian Bennett, free kick awarded. Chris Cohen delivers the ball,

79:58

Chris Cohen fouled by Ramon Nunez, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Chambers takes the direct free kick.

78:51

Kris Boyd is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Mirfin takes the free kick.

75:51 Substitution

Substitution Julian Bennett comes on in place of Lewis McGugan.

75:51 Substitution

Substitution Michael Collins replaces Mark Duffy.

72:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael O'Connor on Paul Konchesky. Strike on goal comes in from Lewis McGugan from the free kick. Corner taken short by Lewis McGugan.

70:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Sam Togwell. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robert Earnshaw, Joe Murphy makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, clearance made by Michael O'Connor.

66:46

The ball is crossed by Lee Miller.

65:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Togwell on Chris Cohen. Chris Cohen restarts play with the free kick.

60:45

A cross is delivered by Mark Duffy.

59:51

Unfair challenge on Robert Earnshaw by Sam Togwell results in a free kick. Luke Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

58:18

Michael O'Connor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guy Moussi. Chris Cohen takes the free kick.

56:51

Chris Cohen is ruled offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

54:40

Lewis McGugan challenges Andrew Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

52:52

Ramon Nunez has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

52:04

Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael O'Connor, Lee Camp makes a save.

52:04 Booking

Booking Booking for Wes Morgan for unsporting behaviour.

51:41

Wes Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant.

51:00 Booking

Booking Lee Miller goes into the referee's book.

47:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Anderson - Nott'm For 3 - 1 Scunthorpe Paul Anderson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 3-1 Scunthorpe.

46:35

Sam Togwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Cohen. The ball is swung over by Lewis McGugan,

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Guy Moussi on for Paul McKenna.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Paul Anderson replaces David McGoldrick.

45:00 +3:24 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +2:00

Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +2:00 Booking

Booking Robert Earnshaw is booked.

45:00 +1:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Togwell on Paul Konchesky. Free kick taken by Lee Camp. Robert Earnshaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin.

45:00 +0:16

Bobby Grant concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Konchesky. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.

41:29

Foul by Sam Togwell on David McGoldrick, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Cohen.

39:27

Inswinging corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line, clearance by David Mirfin.

37:56

Luke Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Grant. Michael O'Connor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Lee Camp makes a save. The official flags Bobby Grant offside. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.

36:16 Substitution

Substitution Lee Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Dagnall.

35:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael O'Connor - Nott'm For 2 - 1 Scunthorpe Michael O'Connor scores a power penalty. Nottm Forest 2-1 Scunthorpe.

35:07

Penalty awarded for a foul by Chris Gunter on Ramon Nunez.

33:52

The referee gives a free kick against David McGoldrick for handball. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

32:19

Ramon Nunez fouled by Chris Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Mirfin.

31:41

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

29:10

The ball is crossed by Mark Duffy.

28:14

Ramon Nunez has an effort at goal. Save by Lee Camp. Corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor to the near post, save by Lee Camp.

26:56

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lewis McGugan, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

24:51

Chris Cohen provided the assist for the goal.

24:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Chambers - Nott'm For 2 - 0 Scunthorpe Luke Chambers finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Nottm Forest 2-0 Scunthorpe.

24:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Cohen,

22:20

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen, Chris Dagnall makes a clearance.

20:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Chambers on Bobby Grant. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael O'Connor.

18:08

Shot by Bobby Grant from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

12:04

A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen, Robert Earnshaw takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy. Outswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen, Andrew Wright makes a clearance. Chris Gunter has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save made by Joe Murphy. Outswinging corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line.

10:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramon Nunez by Chris Cohen. Marcus Williams restarts play with the free kick.

8:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Kris Boyd - Nott'm For 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Kris Boyd finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Nottm Forest 1-0 Scunthorpe.

6:33

Mark Duffy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Lee Camp. Corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line, clearance made by Chris Gunter. Corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the right by-line, Chris Cohen makes a clearance.

5:44

Lewis McGugan produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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