Dexter Blackstock's late goal earned 10-man Nottingham Forest a point against Crystal Palace and kept their unbeaten start to the season going.

Kagisho Dikgacoi had given the hosts the lead earlier in the second half when he headed in Owen Garvan's corner.

Forest's Adlene Guedioura was then sent off for kicking out at Mile Jedinak.

However, Blackstock secured the draw with nine minutes remaining as he prodded the ball under Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

The draw means Forest have now gone six league games without defeat - drawing four and winning two - but they will count themselves lucky after a poor start.

Palace striker Glenn Murray headed Wilfried Zaha's right-wing cross onto the post after just nine minutes.

Jonathan Williams then tested Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp with a strike from 20 yards before Zaha fired over from a similar distance.

Dikgacoi got Palace's deserved opener soon after the break before Guedioura, who replaced the injured Sam Hutchinson in the first half, was booked and then later sent off for a foolish kick at Jedinak.

Blackstock replaced Billy Sharp in the 73rd minute and shortly afterwards was played through by Simon Cox to grab the equaliser.

The second-half substitute was denied a winner soon after by Speroni before Peter Ramage forced Camp into an impressive save at the other end.

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"They had enough of the game, I suppose, to warrant three points.

"We came in at half-time thinking that although we were a bit bitty, they didn't actually create anything. It was probably down to our poor passing, really, that allowed them opportunities.

"Whether we'd have got a point or three points, I'd have said the same, they stuck at it and in a strange sort of way, the sending off probably gave us the spark that we needed.

"That's definitely a point won rather than two points dropped."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 21 Moxey (Moritz - 84' )
  • 27 Delaney
  • 28 Ramage
  • 08 Dikgacoi (Parr - 67' )
  • 10 Garvan
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 20 Williams (Bolasie - 56' )
  • 16 Zaha
  • 17 Murray Booked

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 06 Martin
  • 04 Parr
  • 07 Bolasie
  • 30 Moritz
  • 09 Goodwillie
  • 18 Wilbraham

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 02 Hutchinson (Guedioura - 40' Dismissed after an earlier booking )
  • 03 Harding
  • 05 Collins
  • 15 Halford Booked
  • 26 Ayala
  • 04 Gillett
  • 10 McGugan (Majewski - 79' )
  • 11 Reid
  • 19 Cox
  • 24 Sharp (Blackstock - 73' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 12 Darlow
  • 18 Moloney
  • 06 Moussi
  • 07 Guedioura
  • 21 Coppinger
  • 28 Majewski
  • 23 Blackstock
Ref: Williamson
Att: 13,153

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

6 2

Corners

8 4

Fouls

7 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:36 Booking

Booking Glenn Murray goes into the referee's book.

90:00 +3:59

Glenn Murray challenges Greg Halford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:50

Corner taken by Owen Garvan.

89:55

Corner taken by Owen Garvan from the right by-line, Peter Ramage takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp. Owen Garvan takes a inswinging corner.

89:05

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Reid, save made by Julian Speroni.

88:20

Yannick Bolasie takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a brilliant save.

87:54

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

86:54

Shot on goal by Andre Moritz from just inside the area goes over the target.

84:34

Inswinging corner taken by Owen Garvan, clearance by Danny Collins.

83:12 Substitution

Substitution Andre Moritz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Moxey.

80:56

Assist by Andy Reid.

80:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Dexter Blackstock - C Palace 1 - 1 Nott'm For Dexter Blackstock grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-1 Nottm Forest.

80:25

Effort from deep inside the area by Wilfried Zaha misses to the right of the goal.

78:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yannick Bolasie by Andy Reid. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

78:04 Substitution

Substitution Lewis McGugan goes off and Radoslaw Majewski comes on.

76:46

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Owen Garvan, Daniel Ayala makes a clearance.

74:53

Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.

74:53 Booking

Booking Dexter Blackstock is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

74:40

Dean Moxey fouled by Dexter Blackstock, the ref awards a free kick.

72:53

Lee Camp fouled by Peter Ramage, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.

71:54 Substitution

Substitution Dexter Blackstock replaces Billy Sharp.

71:54

Simon Cox challenges Dean Moxey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Owen Garvan.

68:45

Lewis McGugan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Parr. Free kick taken by Wilfried Zaha.

66:35 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Parr coming on for Kagisho Dikgacoi.

64:56

Shot on goal by Yannick Bolasie from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

62:09

Owen Garvan takes the free kick.

62:09 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee red cards Adlene Guedioura for violent conduct.

61:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kagisho Dikgacoi by Andy Reid.

61:00

Foul by Yannick Bolasie on Adlene Guedioura, free kick awarded. Adlene Guedioura restarts play with the free kick.

56:47

Mile Jedinak fouled by Adlene Guedioura, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Murray restarts play with the free kick, Andy Reid crosses the ball, clearance by Glenn Murray.

55:44 Substitution

Substitution Yannick Bolasie comes on in place of Jonathan Williams.

55:09

Direct free kick taken by Owen Garvan.

55:09 Booking

Booking Adlene Guedioura is booked.

54:29

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Murray.

53:18

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

49:35

Owen Garvan provided the assist for the goal.

49:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Kagisho Dikgacoi - C Palace 1 - 0 Nott'm For Kagisho Dikgacoi scores a headed goal from close in. Crystal Palace 1-0 Nottm Forest.

49:06

Inswinging corner taken by Owen Garvan from the right by-line,

46:00

Unfair challenge on Owen Garvan by Simon Gillett results in a free kick. Mile Jedinak takes the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

43:05

Simon Cox challenges Joel Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joel Ward restarts play with the free kick.

42:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Gillett on Wilfried Zaha. Free kick crossed left-footed by Owen Garvan, clearance made by Lewis McGugan.

41:02

Effort on goal by Lewis McGugan from long distance goes over the crossbar.

38:50 Substitution

Substitution Adlene Guedioura comes on in place of Sam Hutchinson.

38:50 Booking

Booking Booking for Greg Halford.

38:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Moxey by Greg Halford. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

37:38

Effort from deep inside the area by Dan Harding misses to the left of the target.

33:28

Andy Reid fouled by Damien Delaney, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Reid delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Billy Sharp misses to the left of the goal.

32:38

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

31:07

Greg Halford produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

30:38

Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner.

28:05

Greg Halford fouled by Glenn Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.

26:52

Simon Gillett is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed by Owen Garvan, Lee Camp makes a comfortable save.

24:45

Mile Jedinak takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save. Wilfried Zaha is ruled offside. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

21:22

Foul by Billy Sharp on Peter Ramage, free kick awarded. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

19:35

Kagisho Dikgacoi takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

19:04

Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Blocked by Mile Jedinak.

18:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid, clearance made by Glenn Murray.

17:46

Effort on goal by Wilfried Zaha from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

17:19

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Williams.

16:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Murray on Greg Halford. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.

14:58

Jonathan Williams takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

14:34

Billy Sharp gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward. Peter Ramage restarts play with the free kick.

12:38

Inswinging corner taken by Owen Garvan from the right by-line, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.

11:40

Shot from just outside the area by Glenn Murray goes over the bar.

10:11

Foul by Lewis McGugan on Dean Moxey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Damien Delaney. The offside flag is raised against Glenn Murray. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.

8:41

Header from close in by Peter Ramage hits the post.

8:18

Short corner taken by Owen Garvan from the right by-line.

6:24

Dan Harding fouled by Wilfried Zaha, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis McGugan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

3:13

Wilfried Zaha takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Daniel Ayala. The official flags Glenn Murray offside. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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