Radoslaw Majewski grabbed his fourth goal in two games as Nottingham Forest continued their resurgence under Billy Davies with a clinical win over 10-man Charlton Athletic.
Forest were on top by the time Yann Kermorgant was sent off for kicking out at Greg Halford on 37 minutes.
The visitors made the extra man count when Majewski put them ahead after the break with a clever prodded finish.
And Henri Lansbury added a second after a mistake by goalkeeper Ben Hamer.
Majewski finding form
Polish playmaker Radoslaw Majewski had not scored in 20 appearances this season until his hat-trick against Huddersfield Town in midweek
The Addicks number one fumbled a tame Billy Sharp strike and Lansbury netted his second goal in two games to ensure Forest moved to within four points of the Championship play-off places thanks to a run of two wins and a draw from three games under Davies.
Charlton were second best even before striker Kermorgant saw red.
Majewski, who scored a fine hat-trick in the 6-1 midweek demolition of Huddersfield, skied a great chance when the ball fell kindly to him after Darius Henderson had headed the ball across goal,
And midfielder Majewski also toe-poked an effort at Hamer while Chris Cohen and Andy Reid blazed shots over.
But when Kermorgant aimed an off-the-ball kick at Halford and was dismissed by referee Andrew Madley following talks with his assistant, Charlton never seemed likely to hold out.
The Addicks, who have only won four home league games this season, reached the break all square but eight minutes after the restart Reid found Majewski, who managed to beat two defenders and knock the ball past Hamer.
Lansbury then had a shot deflected narrowly wide, before he doubled the lead from six yards after Hamer spilled Sharp's strike.
Elliott Ward, Majewski, Henderson, Cohen and Reid all went close but Forest, who have not lost a league game having gone ahead this season, did not need the comfort of a third goal in a one-side second half.
Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell: "I have seen it since and it is definitely a red card. It was the red mist for Yann. He does get a lot of knocks and is not always protected but no excuse.
"We lose him for three games now and he was immense for us in midweek. I was a bit perplexed at the time as to why the referee consulted the linesman on the far side, which seemed a bit bizarre.
"The sending-off made it even harder for us as it was difficult enough when it was 11 v 11 as Forest settled very well and used the ball well.
"We really needed to get to half-time and get reorganised but when you are down to 10 it makes it harder."
Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies: "The confidence is growing. We have 12 games to go and we will give it our best shot.
"I have said to the players we go to the next match and give it a go again. We know where we are and what we have to do. We know what sort of team we have and we know we have to add to this team."
"We have five loanees but the chairman has said we can get more loan players in to try and fulfil the 20 per cent extra potential that has been missing.
"There is a great spirit in the squad. A great togetherness, work ethic and the message has got across to individuals.
"Their work rate today was superb and we have to continue to do that because nothing has been done but we have had three good performances so far."
- 01 Hamer
- 05 Morrison
- 16 Wiggins
- 20 Solly
- 28 Cort
- 44 Dervite
- 04 Jackson
- 08 Stephens (Fuller - 46' )
- 11 Wagstaff (Haynes - 58' )
- 14 Pritchard (Obika - 90' )
- 18 Kermorgant Dismissed
- 27 Button
- 03 Evina
- 06 Taylor
- 23 Wilson
- 09 Haynes
- 19 Fuller
- 26 Obika
- 12 Darlow
- 15 Halford Booked
- 32 Ward
- 36 Jara
- 07 Guedioura
- 08 Cohen
- 11 Reid (Greening - 84' )
- 22 Lansbury (McGugan - 76' )
- 28 Majewski
- 09 Henderson
- 19 Cox (Sharp - 80' )
- 31 Evtimov
- 05 Collins
- 06 Moussi
- 10 McGugan
- 14 Greening
- 23 Blackstock
- 24 Sharp
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +2:28
Johnnie Jackson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.90:00 +2:28 Booking
Booking Booking for Greg Halford for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +2:16
Ricardo Fuller fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick.90:00 +0:48
Gonzalo Jara Reyes challenges Michael Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Johnnie Jackson, clearance made by Jonathan Greening.89:55
Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Fuller. Ricardo Fuller fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Gonzalo Jara Reyes.89:20 Substitution
Substitution Jonathan Obika comes on in place of Bradley Pritchard.87:04
The referee penalises Radoslaw Majewski for handball. Ben Hamer restarts play with the free kick.86:50
Darius Henderson takes a shot. Leon Cort gets a block in.84:38
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darius Henderson on Rhoys Wiggins. Ben Hamer takes the free kick.83:59 Substitution
Substitution Jonathan Greening is brought on as a substitute for Andy Reid.83:23
Danny Haynes concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis McGugan. Gonzalo Jara Reyes restarts play with the free kick.82:48
Andy Reid produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.82:00
The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Cort. Indirect free kick taken by Karl Darlow.81:24
Foul by Andy Reid on Bradley Pritchard, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Hamer.79:30
Indirect free kick taken by Ben Hamer.79:30 Substitution
Substitution Simon Cox leaves the field to be replaced by Billy Sharp.79:30
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Reid.79:11
Simon Cox takes a shot. Ben Hamer makes a save.77:36
Ricardo Fuller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Karl Darlow takes the free kick.
Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Blocked by Bradley Pritchard.75:05 Substitution
Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Lewis McGugan coming on for Henri Lansbury.74:31
Henri Lansbury produces a cross, save by Ben Hamer.74:08
Radoslaw Majewski decides to take the corner short.73:52
Rhoys Wiggins delivers the ball, Karl Darlow makes a comfortable save.72:49
Darius Henderson takes a shot. Leon Cort gets a block in. Darius Henderson produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by Ben Hamer. Chris Cohen takes a shot. Save by Ben Hamer.70:32
Radoslaw Majewski produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.69:52
Outswinging corner taken by Johnnie Jackson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Henri Lansbury.68:24
Corner taken left-footed by Johnnie Jackson from the left by-line, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.67:32
Radoslaw Majewski produces a cross, Headed effort on goal by Darius Henderson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.66:15
Adlene Guedioura challenges Ricardo Fuller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Johnnie Jackson, clearance made by Elliott Ward.65:18
Corner taken short by Radoslaw Majewski.65:05
Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Save by Ben Hamer.64:23
Foul by Danny Haynes on Chris Cohen, free kick awarded. Karl Darlow restarts play with the free kick.63:07
Radoslaw Majewski crosses the ball, Ben Hamer makes a fantastic save.62:36
Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Johnnie Jackson.62:26
Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Blocked by Rhoys Wiggins.62:15
A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen, Leon Cort manages to make a clearance.61:51
The ball is delivered by Andy Reid, Michael Morrison makes a clearance.61:25
Unfair challenge on Darius Henderson by Leon Cort results in a free kick. Radoslaw Majewski takes the free kick.60:14
Assist by Simon Cox.60:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Henri Lansbury - Charlton 0 - 2 Nott'm For Goal scored by Henri Lansbury from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Charlton 0-2 Nottm Forest.59:44
Simon Cox takes a shot. Ben Hamer makes a save.57:58 Substitution
Substitution Danny Haynes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Wagstaff.57:21
Henri Lansbury produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.55:59
Darius Henderson is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Hamer.52:19
The assist for the goal came from Andy Reid.52:19 Goal scored
Goal! - Radoslaw Majewski - Charlton 0 - 1 Nott'm For Goal scored by Radoslaw Majewski from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Charlton 0-1 Nottm Forest.51:40
Effort on goal by Adlene Guedioura from long range goes over the crossbar.51:07
Henri Lansbury crosses the ball, clearance made by Bradley Pritchard.48:03
The ball is sent over by Chris Cohen.46:58
Simon Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnnie Jackson. Free kick taken by Ben Hamer.46:11
Inswinging corner taken by Adlene Guedioura from the right by-line, save by Ben Hamer.45:47
Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Johnnie Jackson.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Ricardo Fuller is brought on as a substitute for Dale Stephens.45:00 +2:02 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +1:30
Effort from long range by Adlene Guedioura goes wide right of the target.45:00 +0:36
Andy Reid takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.41:57
Corner taken by Andy Reid played to the near post, Johnnie Jackson makes a clearance.40:37
Effort from outside the penalty box by Bradley Pritchard goes wide right of the target.40:03
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Pritchard by Elliott Ward. Chris Solly takes the direct free kick.38:39
The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, Michael Morrison manages to make a clearance.38:16
Scott Wagstaff concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Cohen. Chris Cohen restarts play with the free kick.36:11 Dismissal
Dismissal Yann Kermorgant is shown a red card for violent conduct.34:48
Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Ben Hamer makes a comfortable save.34:05
Scott Wagstaff fouled by Adlene Guedioura, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Solly.32:39
Inswinging corner taken by Radoslaw Majewski, Yann Kermorgant manages to make a clearance.31:18
Yann Kermorgant fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Hamer restarts play with the free kick.30:07
Dorian Dervite sends in a cross, clearance by Radoslaw Majewski.28:07
Corner taken by Dale Stephens.25:26
Yann Kermorgant concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Ward. Adlene Guedioura restarts play with the free kick.21:55
Foul by Johnnie Jackson on Adlene Guedioura, free kick awarded. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.21:10
Effort on goal by Radoslaw Majewski from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.19:12
Chris Cohen produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.18:37
Gonzalo Jara Reyes sends in a cross, blocked by Michael Morrison.16:48
Simon Cox is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Hamer.16:02
The ball is crossed by Greg Halford, clearance by Leon Cort.13:23
Radoslaw Majewski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yann Kermorgant. Chris Solly restarts play with the free kick.13:04
The ball is sent over by Gonzalo Jara Reyes, clearance made by Dorian Dervite.9:57
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darius Henderson. Free kick taken by Ben Hamer.9:09
Chris Cohen sends in a cross, clearance made by Dorian Dervite. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Radoslaw Majewski, Dorian Dervite makes a clearance.7:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dale Stephens by Simon Cox. Chris Solly takes the direct free kick.6:11
Inswinging corner taken by Radoslaw Majewski, free kick awarded for a foul by Darius Henderson on Ben Hamer. Ben Hamer takes the free kick.5:53
Chris Cohen delivers the ball, Dorian Dervite manages to make a clearance.3:20
Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand upright.0:55
The ball is crossed by Chris Cohen, clearance made by Dorian Dervite.0:23
Scott Wagstaff fouled by Henri Lansbury, the ref awards a free kick. Rhoys Wiggins takes the free kick.0:00
The match gets underway.
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