Dexter Blackstock's double earned Nottingham Forest a shock win and consigned Birmingham City to a first home Championship defeat this season.

Blackstock poked home the opener from Garath McCleary's centre.

The home side drew level when Chris Burke shot home with his left foot after good work by Marlon King.

But Blackstock secured a victory which keeps Forest three points clear of the relegation zone when he controlled and converted another McCleary cross.

Neither side created much before Blackstock's opener, although Forest then began to get on top as Andy Reid blazed over the bar and Adlene Guedioura sent a long-range strike wide.

The Blues improved in the second half and, after a spell of pressure, winger Burke curled in a superb equaliser from King's pass.

Forest responded and McCleary found space on the right to send in a teasing ball which Blackstock flicked over his shoulder and then fired into the top-right of goal from 12 yards.

The hosts pressed for another equaliser, with David Murphy shooting over, King forcing a parry from keeper Lee Camp and Nathan Redmond missing the target from 25 yards.

Guy Moussi went close at the other end while Birmingham almost made it 2-2 when Keith Fahey hit the bar and centre-half Curtis Davies sent the follow-up effort off target.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Myhill
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 11 Townsend (Redmond - 82' )
  • 12 Mutch
  • 18 Fahey
  • 09 King
  • 19 Zigic (Huseklepp - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 05 Pablo
  • 10 Huseklepp
  • 14 Gomis
  • 22 Redmond

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 04 Chambers Booked
  • 05 Higginbotham (Lynch - 22' )
  • 16 Gunter
  • 26 Elokobi
  • 11 Reid (Wootton - 90' )
  • 19 Moussi
  • 22 Guedioura
  • 12 McCleary (Anderson - 85' )
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 23 Blackstock

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith
  • 02 Wootton
  • 33 Lynch
  • 07 Anderson
  • 10 McGugan
Ref: East
Att: 19,166

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

4 4

Corners

8 2

Fouls

3 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:19

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke.

90:00 +2:46

Effort on goal by Curtis Davies from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +2:12

Keith Fahey takes a shot.

90:00 +2:04

Jonathan Spector sends in a cross, Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:01

The ball is crossed by Chris Burke.

90:00 +0:22 Substitution

Substitution Scott Wootton on for Andy Reid.

89:24

Jordon Mutch takes the outswinging corner, save by Lee Camp.

88:03

Guy Moussi has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.

87:35

Steven Caldwell challenges Paul Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

86:38

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jordon Mutch from left channel, George Elokobi makes a clearance.

86:38 Booking

Booking Luke Chambers receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

86:26

Unfair challenge on Marlon King by Luke Chambers results in a free kick.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution Garath McCleary leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Anderson.

84:34

Corner from right by-line taken by Andy Reid.

83:32

The ball is swung over by Keith Fahey, save made by Lee Camp.

82:16

Nathan Redmond has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

81:49

Marlon King takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

80:59 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Redmond joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andros Townsend.

80:31

Jordon Mutch takes a inswinging corner.

80:25

The ball is delivered by Keith Fahey, clearance made by Chris Gunter.

79:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Chris Burke. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

77:55

Keith Fahey sends in a cross, clearance by Dexter Blackstock.

77:06

Andy Reid is penalised for a handball. David Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Adlene Guedioura makes a clearance.

76:54

A cross is delivered by Andros Townsend, Joel Lynch manages to make a clearance.

76:21

The referee gives a free kick against Marcus Tudgay for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

75:57

Chris Burke produces a cross.

74:23

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, Shot from deep inside the area by David Murphy clears the crossbar.

72:29

The ball is delivered by Adlene Guedioura, Boaz Myhill makes a save.

71:39

A cross is delivered by David Murphy, save by Lee Camp.

71:26

Chris Burke delivers the ball.

69:41

Chris Burke crosses the ball, Luke Chambers manages to make a clearance.

68:38

A cross is delivered by Marlon King.

67:30 Substitution

Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Erik Huseklepp coming on for Nikola Zigic.

66:46

Centre by Marlon King.

62:34

The assist for the goal came from Garath McCleary.

62:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Dexter Blackstock - Birmingham 1 - 2 Nott'm For Goal scored by Dexter Blackstock from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-2 Nottm Forest.

62:28

Garath McCleary produces a cross.

59:25

Jordon Mutch takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp.

56:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Murphy by Garath McCleary. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jordon Mutch, clearance by George Elokobi.

56:08

Andros Townsend sends in a cross, clearance made by George Elokobi.

54:39

Assist on the goal came from Marlon King.

54:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Burke - Birmingham 1 - 1 Nott'm For A goal is scored by Chris Burke from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Nottm Forest.

53:45

Jordon Mutch takes the outswinging corner, George Elokobi manages to make a clearance.

53:15

Inswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch.

52:45

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Blocked by Adlene Guedioura.

52:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, Marcus Tudgay makes a clearance.

51:00

Garath McCleary fouled by David Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Andy Reid from the free kick, save by Boaz Myhill.

50:23

Adlene Guedioura produces a cross, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

48:11

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

47:28

Centre by Jonathan Spector, Lee Camp makes a save.

47:12

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Spector, George Elokobi makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:47

The ball is delivered by David Murphy, save by Lee Camp.

44:13

Chris Burke fouled by Joel Lynch, the ref awards a free kick. David Murphy has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

42:48

The offside flag is raised against Marcus Tudgay. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

38:45

Keith Fahey fouled by Adlene Guedioura, the ref awards a free kick. Curtis Davies restarts play with the free kick.

36:12

The referee blows for offside against Dexter Blackstock. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

36:04

Centre by Chris Gunter.

34:50

Long range shot from Adlene Guedioura misses to the left of the target.

33:52

Steven Caldwell fouled by Dexter Blackstock, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

33:25

Andros Townsend delivers the ball, save by Lee Camp.

32:02

Andy Reid takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

30:34

The ball is delivered by Andros Townsend, Adlene Guedioura manages to make a clearance.

28:19

Garath McCleary provided the assist for the goal.

28:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Dexter Blackstock - Birmingham 0 - 1 Nott'm For Dexter Blackstock grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Nottm Forest.

28:09

Centre by Garath McCleary,

27:11

Dexter Blackstock is caught offside. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

24:43

The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

24:32

A cross is delivered by Chris Gunter.

23:02

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, save made by Boaz Myhill.

21:42 Substitution

Substitution Danny Higginbotham leaves the field to be replaced by Joel Lynch.

19:25

Dexter Blackstock is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

14:40

The offside flag is raised against Dexter Blackstock. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

13:54

Guy Moussi takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caldwell.

12:48

Garath McCleary fouled by Marlon King, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andy Reid, clearance made by Jordon Mutch.

10:17

The ball is delivered by Chris Gunter.

7:56

Inswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch, save by Lee Camp.

7:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Andy Reid. David Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick.

7:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Marcus Tudgay. Keith Fahey takes the free kick.

7:02

The ball is swung over by Andros Townsend, clearance made by Dexter Blackstock.

6:23

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch.

6:13

Chris Burke sends in a cross.

3:56

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey. Jordon Mutch takes the direct free kick.

1:18

The ball is swung over by Marlon King, save made by Lee Camp.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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