A penalty from Lewis McGugan in the last-minute of stoppage time salvaged a point for Championship play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest at Burnley.

After a tight first period, Burnley took the lead midway through the second half through a deflected shot from Junior Stanislas.

Forest looked doomed to a first loss under Billy Davies until Kevin Long brought down Henri Lansbury in the box.

McGugan fired past Lee Grant to deny Burnley a first win in five games.

The draw keeps Forest in fifth, three points clear of seventh-placed Leicester with six games remaining in the race for the play-off spots.

Forest's unbeaten run

  • Nottingham Forest have won six and drawn two of their eight matches since Billy Davies was reappointed manager on 7 February.

Forest striker Billy Sharp had the first opportunity of a dreary encounter when his header from McGugan's cross was tipped over by Grant in the Burnley goal.

At the other end, Ross Wallace slid the ball through to Charlie Austin but the former Swindon striker blazed over from the edge of the box.

The home side were denied a penalty when Chilean full-back Gonzalo Jara collided with Austin as he looked to convert a Kieran Trippier cross before Stanislas unleashed a shot which was well saved by Karl Darlow.

A tedious second half sprung to life when Stanislas gave the home side the lead. Joseph Mills crossed for the former West Ham winger, whose shot cannoned off Chris Cohen on its way past Darlow.

Davies brought on Simon Cox and Darius Henderson to help fuel a late Forest rally.

But Burnley looked set to cling on to the points until Long bundled into Lansbury to give present McGugan with the opportunity to slot home from the spot.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche:

"I feel sorry for our fans, because yet again they've witnessed an incredible situation where we can't just win against an opposition, we've got to beat everything else.

"I'm disappointed in the whole referee's performance today and I'm sick of talking about it because I shouldn't have to. But it's not the first time as we know; it's been a constant issue since I've been at this football club. I don't know what it is, but that isn't good enough today.

"I've lost count of the issues today. The timing issue at the end inevitably affects the game. It probably is a penalty but that's not the point. The game's dead, it's over, we've won."

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies:

"I apologise to both sets of supporters for what was a terrible game. It was a terrible spectacle for anybody to pay money and come and witness from start to finish.

"The energy and the passion we showed is not what we expect from our team, but I was forced to make changes.

"I did feel confident that we'd get a goal, and in the end it's a fantastic point but a terrible, terrible spectacle."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Trippier
  • 05 Shackell
  • 28 Long
  • 36 Mee (Mills - 60' Booked )
  • 06 McCann
  • 07 Wallace Booked (Ings - 71' )
  • 11 Stanislas (Edgar - 90' )
  • 20 Bartley
  • 09 Vokes
  • 23 Austin

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen
  • 15 Edgar
  • 18 Mills
  • 19 Kacaniklic
  • 22 Stock
  • 10 Paterson
  • 14 Ings

Nott'm Forest

  • 12 Darlow
  • 15 Halford
  • 32 Ward
  • 36 Jara
  • 06 Moussi
  • 08 Cohen
  • 10 McGugan
  • 11 Reid (Majewski - 76' )
  • 22 Lansbury Booked
  • 23 Blackstock (Henderson - 73' )
  • 24 Sharp (Cox - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Evtimov
  • 03 Harding
  • 05 Collins
  • 14 Greening
  • 28 Majewski
  • 09 Henderson
  • 19 Cox
Ref: Miller
Att: 13,618

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

4 6

Corners

2 10

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +8:01 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +7:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis McGugan - Burnley 1 - 1 Nott'm For Penalty taken right-footed by Lewis McGugan and scored. Burnley 1-1 Nottm Forest.

90:00 +5:30

Lewis McGugan fouled by Kevin Long, the ref awards a Penalty.

90:00 +3:13 Substitution

Substitution David Edgar replaces Junior Stanislas.

90:00 +1:28

Foul by Darius Henderson on Lee Grant, free kick awarded. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:01

Short corner taken by Radoslaw Majewski from the left by-line.

89:35

Radoslaw Majewski produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

88:56

Corner taken by Lewis McGugan, clearance made by Sam Vokes.

88:24

Corner taken by Lewis McGugan, Greg Halford takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.

83:39

Lewis McGugan takes the inswinging corner, Simon Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Bartley. Lee Grant takes the direct free kick.

81:35 Booking

Booking Joseph Mills receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

81:13

Shot from just outside the box by Sam Vokes misses to the left of the target.

79:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darius Henderson on Kevin Long. Lee Grant restarts play with the free kick.

79:09

Effort on goal by Joseph Mills from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

77:38

Lewis McGugan produces a cross.

74:58

Lee Grant takes the free kick.

74:58 Substitution

Substitution Radoslaw Majewski comes on in place of Andy Reid.

74:58

Foul by Henri Lansbury on Joseph Mills, free kick awarded.

74:27

Centre by Andy Reid, save by Lee Grant.

72:30

Direct free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

72:30 Substitution

Substitution Simon Cox joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Sharp.

72:30 Substitution

Substitution Dexter Blackstock leaves the field to be replaced by Darius Henderson.

72:30

Jason Shackell fouled by Dexter Blackstock, the ref awards a free kick.

70:50 Substitution

Substitution Ross Wallace goes off and Danny Ings comes on.

67:15

Assist by Joseph Mills.

67:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Junior Stanislas - Burnley 1 - 0 Nott'm For Junior Stanislas fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Burnley 1-0 Nottm Forest.

66:36

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lewis McGugan, clearance by Joseph Mills.

64:04

Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.

64:04 Booking

Booking The referee books Henri Lansbury for unsporting behaviour.

63:49

Kevin Long fouled by Billy Sharp, the ref awards a free kick.

60:08

The ball is sent over by Sam Vokes.

59:08 Substitution

Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Joseph Mills coming on for Ben Mee.

57:56

A cross is delivered by Andy Reid, Ben Mee manages to make a clearance.

50:54

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a comfortable save.

49:33

Sam Vokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliott Ward. Karl Darlow takes the free kick.

45:52

The offside flag is raised against Henri Lansbury. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.

45:14

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Karl Darlow makes a comfortable save.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:46

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lewis McGugan.

45:00 +0:20

Lewis McGugan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Kieran Trippier manages to make a clearance.

43:57

Lewis McGugan challenges Jason Shackell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Shackell takes the direct free kick.

41:46

Effort on goal by Ben Mee from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

39:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lewis McGugan. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.

32:12

Lewis McGugan has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Lee Grant.

30:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Vokes by Elliott Ward. Ross Wallace crosses the ball in from the free kick.

28:27

Unfair challenge on Elliott Ward by Marvin Bartley results in a free kick. Greg Halford takes the free kick.

26:18

Karl Darlow restarts play with the free kick.

26:18 Booking

Booking Ross Wallace is booked.

26:08

The referee penalises Ross Wallace for handball.

24:17

Ross Wallace takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Billy Sharp.

23:55

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save made by Karl Darlow.

23:30

Kieran Trippier crosses the ball.

22:56

Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

20:40

Andy Reid takes the inswinging corner, save by Lee Grant.

20:08

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kieran Trippier.

19:12

The offside flag is raised against Billy Sharp. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.

18:41

Andy Reid decides to take the corner short.

18:32

Centre by Andy Reid, Ben Mee manages to make a clearance.

17:28

Billy Sharp fouled by Junior Stanislas, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andy Reid, clearance by Kieran Trippier.

16:52

Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

16:01

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ross Wallace.

14:56

Guy Moussi concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris McCann. Ross Wallace crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Chris Cohen makes a clearance.

12:33

Elliott Ward takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

11:47

Jason Shackell challenges Dexter Blackstock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Reid crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Lee Grant.

11:09

Effort from the edge of the area by Charlie Austin goes wide of the right-hand post.

9:20

Centre by Junior Stanislas.

8:32

The referee blows for offside. Lee Grant takes the indirect free kick.

7:16

Chris McCann takes a shot.

6:49

Sam Vokes takes a shot.

5:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford by Chris McCann. Karl Darlow restarts play with the free kick.

3:53

Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ben Mee.

3:38

Billy Sharp takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

2:43

Dexter Blackstock concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Long. Lee Grant takes the direct free kick.

2:13

The referee blows for offside against Ross Wallace. Karl Darlow takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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