Nottingham Forest moved seven points clear of the Championship relegation zone thanks to Dexter Blackstock's first-half winner against Peterborough.

Forest made all of the the early running with Garath McCleary, Andy Reid and Lewis McGugan having chances.

McGugan also hit the post with an 18-yard shot before Blackstock curled in a fine strike from McCleary's cross.

Posh barely threatened and Forest held on despite winger McCleary being sent off for a foul on Grant McCann.

The visitors were the better side throughout and Peterborough were unable to take advantage of McCleary's straight red card on 78 minutes.

George Boyd did have a good chance to snatch a point for mid-table Peterborough late on, but mis-hit his shot from inside the area.

However, that would have been tough on a Reds side who created the majority of chances.

Peterborough's Paul Jones was by far the busier of the two keepers and did well to tip Blackstock's header over the bar early on and also made a decent parrying save to deny Radoslaw Majewski.

Adlene Guedioura and McGugan then threatened with long-range efforts, and although Boyd and Joe Newell fired shots over at the other end, the away side's dominance continued.

Blackstock made the breakthrough seven minutes before half-time, he skilfully controlled McCleary's cross from the right and lashed the ball into the net via the underside of the bar.

Gaby Zakuani headed over for Posh while Blackstock would have had a second goal had it not been blocked by Jones.

Majewski and Blackstock could have increased the lead after the interval and, although going down to 10 men disrupted them, Forest secured the win with relative ease.

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill: "We could have been home and dry by half-time but you always fear you may get hit by a sucker-punch at 1-0.

"Thankfully that didn't happen and we did well to keep our concentration after going down to 10 men to get a good result.

"I will be amazed if the red card is not rescinded, though. I thought the referee Carl Boyeson was hasty when making the decision and I gather he feels he may have made a mistake.

"I take my hat off to Carl Boyeson if that is the case so hopefully the decision will be looked at, although I may not have been so charming if we had lost 2-1."

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson: "We're nine points clear of the bottom three with four games to go, so we'll be fine.

"I have to admit we were disappointing today, though. It was just a case of being one game too many for our small squad and we had very little left in the tank.

"We tried all sorts of different systems and permutations, but it was one of those days where nothing came off."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough

  • 28 Jones
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 18 Brisley
  • 27 Alcock
  • 11 McCann
  • 14 Rowe Booked
  • 17 Newell (Tomlin - 61' )
  • 23 Frecklington (Kearns - 56' )
  • 10 Boyd
  • 12 Sinclair (Ball - 16' )
  • 26 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Little
  • 21 Kearns
  • 08 Tomlin
  • 09 Ball

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Cunningham
  • 04 Chambers
  • 16 Gunter
  • 33 Lynch
  • 10 McGugan (Wootton - 73' )
  • 11 Reid (Elokobi - 64' )
  • 22 Guedioura
  • 28 Majewski
  • 12 McCleary Dismissed
  • 23 Blackstock (Tudgay - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith
  • 02 Wootton
  • 05 Higginbotham
  • 26 Elokobi
  • 20 Tudgay
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 11,631

Match Stats

Shots

13 21

On target

7 14

Corners

5 10

Fouls

14 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:59

Shaun Brisley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Lynch. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Brisley on Luke Chambers. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:55

Paul Taylor fouled by Marcus Tudgay, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:33

Tommy Rowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Tudgay. Chris Gunter restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:55

Lee Tomlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Gunter. Chris Gunter takes the direct free kick.

88:35

Effort from the edge of the area by George Boyd goes wide of the right-hand post.

85:59

David Ball gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Elokobi. Joel Lynch takes the free kick.

85:39

The ball is crossed by Greg Cunningham, Daniel Kearns gets a block in.

84:42

Chris Gunter delivers the ball.

83:33

Free kick taken by Chris Gunter.

83:33 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Tudgay comes on in place of Dexter Blackstock.

83:33 Booking

Booking Tommy Rowe is given a yellow card.

83:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Gunter by Tommy Rowe.

76:20

Dexter Blackstock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Tomlin. Grant McCann fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

75:13

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Luke Chambers gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Grant McCann, Dexter Blackstock manages to make a clearance.

73:55

Tommy Rowe produces a cross, David Ball produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

72:10 Substitution

Substitution Scott Wootton is brought on as a substitute for Lewis McGugan.

70:47

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.

69:13

Grant McCann takes the free kick.

69:13 Dismissal

Dismissal Garath McCleary receives a red card for serious foul play.

69:05

Grant McCann fouled by Garath McCleary, the ref awards a free kick.

65:50

The ball is swung over by Garath McCleary, Craig Alcock manages to make a clearance.

65:08

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

64:46

A cross is delivered by Garath McCleary, Grant McCann makes a clearance.

63:03 Substitution

Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with George Elokobi coming on for Andy Reid.

60:28 Substitution

Substitution Lee Tomlin comes on in place of Joe Newell.

59:37

Dexter Blackstock fouled by Daniel Kearns, the ref awards a free kick. Greg Cunningham takes the free kick.

59:07

The assistant referee signals for offside against Garath McCleary. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

58:45

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Brisley.

58:14

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line, save by Paul Jones.

57:51

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

56:43

Foul by Paul Taylor on Greg Cunningham, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Lewis McGugan, Grant McCann makes a clearance.

53:39 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Kearns on for Lee Frecklington.

53:39

Grant McCann challenges Adlene Guedioura unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andy Reid.

53:26

The ball is swung over by Chris Gunter, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.

52:04

The ball is crossed by Lewis McGugan, clearance made by Tommy Rowe. Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid, Unfair challenge on Shaun Brisley by Dexter Blackstock results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

50:53

Unfair challenge on Tommy Rowe by Radoslaw Majewski results in a free kick. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

49:49

The ball is swung over by Craig Alcock, Greg Cunningham gets a block in. Corner taken short by Paul Taylor, Centre by Grant McCann, Dexter Blackstock makes a clearance.

48:56

Grant McCann takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Adlene Guedioura.

48:32

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.

47:52

Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Joel Lynch gets a block in.

46:30

Unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Joe Newell results in a free kick. Joel Lynch restarts play with the free kick.

46:02

Garath McCleary produces a cross, Shaun Brisley makes a clearance.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:36 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:03

David Ball takes a shot. Luke Chambers gets a block in.

45:00 +1:39

David Ball takes a shot. Luke Chambers gets a block in.

45:00 +0:46

Corner from left by-line taken by Grant McCann.

45:00 +0:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Taylor by Adlene Guedioura. Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

44:53

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save made by Paul Jones.

44:30

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

43:49

A cross is delivered by Greg Cunningham, Shaun Brisley gets a block in.

41:58

The ball is delivered by Paul Taylor.

39:51

Floated corner taken from the left by-line by Grant McCann, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Gabriel Zakuani goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

39:46

Joe Newell delivers the ball, Luke Chambers manages to make a clearance.

38:34

Tommy Rowe crosses the ball, George Boyd is adjudged to have handled the ball. Lee Camp takes the free kick.

37:13

Assist on the goal came from Garath McCleary.

37:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Dexter Blackstock - Peterboro 0 - 1 Nott'm For Dexter Blackstock fires in a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Peterborough 0-1 Nottm Forest.

37:06

A cross is delivered by Garath McCleary,

35:35

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Radoslaw Majewski goes wide of the left-hand post.

34:32

Handball by Garath McCleary. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick.

34:07

Centre by Paul Taylor, David Ball takes a shot. Joel Lynch gets a block in.

29:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Newell. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.

28:28

Unfair challenge on Andy Reid by Lee Frecklington results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.

27:31

Andy Reid delivers the ball, clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani.

26:31

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Gabriel Zakuani gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid.

26:06

Shaun Brisley concedes a free kick for a foul on Radoslaw Majewski. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.

25:14

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line, Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save made by Paul Jones.

24:45

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Brisley.

23:43

George Boyd takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

22:36

Joel Lynch challenges Paul Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Grant McCann.

21:27

The ball is sent over by Garath McCleary, Dexter Blackstock produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

19:14

Effort on goal by Joe Newell from just inside the area clears the bar.

17:40

Corner from left by-line taken by Lewis McGugan.

17:22

Garath McCleary takes a shot. Joe Newell gets a block in.

15:30 Substitution

Substitution (Peterborough) makes a substitution, with David Ball coming on for Emile Sinclair.

14:56

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line to the near post.

14:48

Garath McCleary delivers the ball, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.

14:27

Craig Alcock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Reid. Greg Cunningham restarts play with the free kick.

13:03

Shot by Lewis McGugan from outside the box goes over the net.

12:25

Andy Reid sends in a cross.

12:20

Chris Gunter produces a cross, Shaun Brisley makes a clearance.

11:28

The ball is delivered by Paul Taylor, clearance by Joel Lynch.

10:57

Effort on goal by Adlene Guedioura from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

10:27

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

7:44

Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner.

7:32

The ball is crossed by Chris Gunter, Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

6:53

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

6:29

Effort from just inside the area by Lewis McGugan hits the post.

5:52

Grant McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on Radoslaw Majewski. Andy Reid takes the indirect free kick.

4:23

Garath McCleary produces a cross. Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones. Floated corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, Craig Alcock manages to make a clearance. Corner from left by-line taken by Andy Reid.

3:31

Paul Taylor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Luke Chambers.

1:53

Lewis McGugan has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

1:42

Garath McCleary sends in a cross.

1:22

Floated corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line.

0:54

Andy Reid takes a shot. Shaun Brisley gets a block in.

0:32

Garath McCleary takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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