Dexter Blackstock's first home goal in seven months helped Nottingham Forest return to winning ways against Burnley.

The Reds went into the game following consecutive defeats to Ipswich and Hull, but Blackstock set Forest on their way to victory with a bullet header on the hour mark.

His strike partner Billy Sharp secured all three points, slotting home after being put through on goal by Andy Reid.

The result left Sean O'Driscoll's side just one point from the play-off spots.

Burnley made a bright start through Charlie Austin, but he showed no sign of the composure that has seen him score than 21 times so far this season, and his effort went high over the bar.

Forest's first real chance came just after the half hour mark when Blackstock, who had last scored at the City Ground in a 2-0 win over Portsmouth at the end of April, thundered a header straight into the arms of goalkeeper Lee Grant.

After the break, Lewis McGugan volleyed narrowly over from Reid's cross early in the second half before Blackstock broke the deadlock.

The striker had a lot of work to do with Reid's deep cross but he leapt brilliantly to guide his header over Grant.

Forest were lucky to keep hold of their advantage when Clarets substitute Sam Vokes headed inches wide as Lee Camp and his defenders stood statuesque.

But Sharp sealed the victory, slipping behind the Burnley defence and finishing confidently when one-on-one with Grant.

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll:

"It was crucial for us to get the first goal because games in the Championship are so tight but we needed that breakthrough after losing our last two games. It settled us down, we were able to relax a little bit and never looked in any danger of from then on in.

"Andy [Reid] has been terrific for us all season and he's obviously had a big part to play in both goals. In the position he plays he is difficult to pin down. He doesn't play wide or in central midfield and he makes life difficult for anyone trying to pick him up.

"Defenders don't want to go out and mark him and leave space behind and he's been causing those kind of problems for a long time."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"There was nothing in the game until the first goal and it should not have been allowed. I've seen the incident again and it was clearly a foul by Dexter Blackstock on Jason Shackell.

"It's impossible to leap that high and get that leverage without using somebody else, if I can see it 70 yards away I don't see how an official can't spot it. It changed the whole game because the crowd were then up and there was a bit of belief back in the team.

"Before that we had done pretty well. In fact for the last 25 minutes of the first half we looked the more likely and arguably should have come in 1-0 ahead. It was a nearly day for us but there were still some good things in our play - and some not so good."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Harding
  • 05 Collins
  • 29 Hutton
  • 32 Ward
  • 04 Gillett (Moussi - 66' )
  • 10 McGugan (Guedioura - 74' )
  • 11 Reid
  • 22 Lansbury (Cohen - 59' Booked )
  • 23 Blackstock
  • 24 Sharp Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Darlow
  • 26 Ayala
  • 06 Moussi
  • 07 Guedioura
  • 08 Cohen
  • 21 Coppinger
  • 28 Majewski

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Trippier
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 04 Duff Booked
  • 05 Shackell
  • 06 McCann Booked
  • 07 Wallace (Ings - 81' )
  • 08 Marney Booked
  • 22 Stock (Vokes - 65' )
  • 10 Paterson (Stanislas - 73' )
  • 23 Austin

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen
  • 15 Edgar
  • 18 Mills
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 20 Bartley
  • 09 Vokes
  • 14 Ings
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 19,672

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

4 2

Corners

5 5

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:51

Guy Moussi concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Trippier. Free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.

90:00 +1:29

The referee penalises Sam Vokes for handball. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:05

Jason Shackell takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:05 Booking

Booking Booking for Chris Cohen.

90:00 +0:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Lafferty by Chris Cohen.

89:15

The ball is crossed by Charlie Austin, Dan Harding makes a clearance.

88:14 Booking

Booking Dean Marney shown a yellow card.

88:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Dean Marney. Elliott Ward restarts play with the free kick.

86:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Junior Stanislas. Chris Cohen takes the direct free kick.

84:39

The ball is crossed by Kieran Trippier, clearance made by Danny Collins.

83:13

Corner taken by Chris Cohen.

79:23 Substitution

Substitution Danny Ings on for Ross Wallace.

79:23

Dexter Blackstock concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Marney. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Junior Stanislas.

78:14 Booking

Booking Billy Sharp booked.

75:22

Assist on the goal came from Andy Reid.

75:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Sharp - Nott'm For 2 - 0 Burnley Billy Sharp finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 2-0 Burnley.

73:32 Substitution

Substitution Adlene Guedioura on for Lewis McGugan.

73:32

Effort on goal by Lewis McGugan from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

72:44 Substitution

Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Junior Stanislas coming on for Martin Paterson.

72:44

A cross is delivered by Andy Reid.

69:43

Chris McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis McGugan. Chris Cohen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Lee Grant makes a save.

66:37

Sam Vokes has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

64:02

Danny Collins is caught offside. Lee Grant takes the direct free kick.

64:02 Substitution

Substitution Guy Moussi replaces Simon Gillett.

64:02

Lewis McGugan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance. Andy Reid decides to take the corner short.

64:02 Substitution

Substitution Sam Vokes is brought on as a substitute for Brian Stock.

64:02 Booking

Booking The referee shows Michael Duff a yellow card.

63:54

Unfair challenge on Billy Sharp by Michael Duff results in a free kick.

61:08

Billy Sharp is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Grant takes the indirect free kick.

60:22

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.

58:35

The assist for the goal came from Dan Harding.

58:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Dexter Blackstock - Nott'm For 1 - 0 Burnley Dexter Blackstock grabs a headed goal from close in. Nottm Forest 1-0 Burnley.

57:55

Simon Gillett takes the direct free kick.

57:55 Substitution

Substitution Chris Cohen comes on in place of Henri Lansbury.

57:55

Unfair challenge on Lewis McGugan by Chris McCann results in a free kick.

56:51

A cross is delivered by Kieran Trippier, Lee Camp makes a save.

54:38

The ball is delivered by Martin Paterson.

52:33

The ball is delivered by Andy Reid, Shot on goal by Lewis McGugan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

51:27

Corner taken by Lewis McGugan played to the near post, clearance made by Brian Stock.

49:56

Unfair challenge on Danny Lafferty by Lewis McGugan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.

49:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Paterson by Henri Lansbury. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.

47:33

Charlie Austin is caught offside. Elliott Ward takes the free kick.

46:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dexter Blackstock on Jason Shackell. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

46:09

Chris McCann is caught offside. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.

45:32

Chris McCann fouled by Henri Lansbury, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Wallace restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:19

Shot by Brian Stock from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

44:35

Corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Danny Collins.

43:41

Martin Paterson takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp. Shot from just outside the box by Danny Lafferty goes over the crossbar.

43:18

The ball is delivered by Martin Paterson, Alan Hutton gets a block in.

40:46

Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

40:46 Booking

Booking Chris McCann receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

40:03

Dean Marney concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Reid.

38:18

Martin Paterson concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Gillett. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

37:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Stock by Dexter Blackstock. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.

37:08

Ross Wallace crosses the ball, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.

35:03

Henri Lansbury fouled by Brian Stock, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Reid from right wing, save by Lee Grant.

32:21

The ball is delivered by Billy Sharp, Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save made by Lee Grant. Effort from inside the area by Chris McCann misses to the right of the goal.

30:18

Ross Wallace sends in a cross, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.

27:44

Charlie Austin produces a cross, clearance made by Elliott Ward. Inswinging corner taken by Ross Wallace.

27:04

Lewis McGugan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

22:37

Brian Stock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis McGugan. Shot comes in from Lewis McGugan from the free kick, Lee Grant makes a save. Corner from left by-line crossed in by Andy Reid, Martin Paterson gets a block in. Corner from left by-line taken by Andy Reid.

21:49

Andy Reid crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Duff.

19:50

Unfair challenge on Danny Lafferty by Dexter Blackstock results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.

19:10

The ball is crossed by Kieran Trippier, Effort from the edge of the area by Martin Paterson strikes the post.

17:42

The ball is crossed by Danny Lafferty, save by Lee Camp.

16:59

The ball is crossed by Kieran Trippier, Danny Collins makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace played to the near post, Billy Sharp manages to make a clearance.

16:37

Centre by Dan Harding.

12:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Wallace by Dan Harding. Free kick taken by Ross Wallace. Kieran Trippier produces a cross, Danny Collins gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace from the right by-line to the near post. Short corner taken by Dean Marney from the right by-line, The ball is delivered by Kieran Trippier, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

10:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Gillett on Dean Marney. Jason Shackell takes the free kick.

8:57

Danny Lafferty delivers the ball, Lee Camp makes a save.

5:56

Shot by Lewis McGugan from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

1:18

Charlie Austin takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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