Simon Cox's header earned promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest a point against Championship leaders Burnley.

The Clarets, who top the table on goal difference, led slightly against the run of play when Sam Vokes scored a 28th-minute penalty after Gonzalo Jara handled Kieran Trippier's cross.

Forest levelled just before the break when Cox scored from close range following good work by Jamie Paterson.

Both sides threatened after half-time but neither could find a breakthrough.

The draw ensures Forest remain in fifth place, while the visitors - who were joined on 35 points by Leicester and QPR - stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games.

Forest looked the more likely winners after a bright start in a lively game at the City Ground.

However their good work was undone when Jara dangled an arm in front of Trippier's cross and Vokes thumped home his 10th goal of the season.

The hosts responded well and Henri Lansbury almost grabbed a swift leveller, but his curling free-kick came back off the bar.

In-form Clarets

Burnley have now gone 12 games unbeaten and are one of only two teams in the Championship who have lost just one league game this season. QPR's 1-0 win over Charlton means they have matched Burnley's record.

Cox then squandered a good opportunity, flicking a header over the bar following an impressive run and cross from the left by skipper Chris Cohen.

The Republic of Ireland striker was also denied by Tom Heaton with another effort before he did find the equaliser.

Paterson worked himself some space out wide and his inviting chipped cross left Cox with a simple far-post header.

A defensive mix-up between Jack Hobbs and Cohen after the break almost gifted the away side a second goal but a lunging block from Nathaniel Chalobah denied Scott Arfield.

Radoslaw Majewski went close for Forest in the closing stages, while Danny Ings and Arfield did likewise for the Clarets.

But the most significant moment of an entertaining finale came when Cohen, who was making his 250th start for the Reds, limped off injured.

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies:

"With regards to the penalty, I agreed with the linesman. I am sure their manager will agree with the referee. I have seen the incident again and I agree with the linesman (who did not signal for a penalty)."

"It is a travesty that we did not get three points. There was only one team that was going to win this game.

"I was delighted with the performance. We played against the top of the league side and we had total dominance, nullifying them, barring five minutes. We deserved a lot more than we got. I am very proud of the players.

"I was pleased with the manner in which we went about our business, with the football we played, with the dominance we had. There have been many games where we have deserved more than we have got and this one was another.

"We lost some key players. We lost Eric Lichaj to an injury at half-time and Chris Cohen late in the game. He has a knee problem, in the same knee he has had issues with previously, we will find out how bad it is (on Sunday)."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"We picked up a point at Nottingham Forest and we are top of the league and it is hard to be disappointed - but I like the fact that there was a little disappointment after this.

"There is no lack of effort, we just lacked a little quality on the ball. We have not had to defend that hard very often, but you expect that here. They have overwhelming resources. Still, they did not manage to break us down too often. This is a tough place to come.

"We have 20-something players who are working hard for the cause. Billy Davies has spoken about his injuries. I think he was down to 32 players."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 02 Lichaj (Chalobah - 45' )
  • 08 Cohen
  • 10 Lansbury Booked
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 12 Mackie
  • 18 Jara
  • 31 Cox
  • 28 Majewski (Abdoun - 69' )
  • 21 Paterson (Henderson - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Harding
  • 07 Chalobah
  • 09 Henderson
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
  • 39 Abdoun

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 15 Edgar
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 37 Arfield Booked
  • 14 Jones
  • 09 Vokes
  • 10 Ings
  • 19 Kightly (Treacy - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Lafferty
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 22 Stock
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long
  • 35 Noble
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 22,877

Match Stats

Shots

19 6

On target

5 2

Corners

6 4

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Burnley 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Burnley 1.

90:00 +2:15

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

90:00 +1:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:43

Delay in match Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

89:30

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:30

Foul by Keith Treacy (Burnley).

88:52

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:30

Attempt saved. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Mackie with a cross.

87:03

Attempt missed. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Cohen with a cross following a corner.

86:37

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Mee.

83:29

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

81:04

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

80:06

Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:06

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

79:08

Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by David Jones.

76:46

Attempt blocked. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Cohen with a cross.

75:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Jamie Paterson.

74:42

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

74:42

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:36

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Jara.

71:51

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

71:44

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

68:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Djamel Abdoun replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

64:21

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

64:21

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:03

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Mee.

63:17

Offside, Burnley. Sam Vokes tries a through ball, but Scott Arfield is caught offside.

62:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Michael Kightly.

61:33

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

58:59

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox tries a through ball, but Radoslaw Majewski is caught offside.

57:27

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:27

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

56:46

Attempt saved. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

56:16

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

53:13

Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).

53:13

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:30

Attempt missed. Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski with a cross.

51:53

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Mee.

45:48

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Nathaniel Chalobah.

45:38

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 1, Burnley 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Eric Lichaj.

45:00 +2:31 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Burnley 1.

45:00 +1:06

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest).

45:00 +1:06

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:30

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

43:30

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:02

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

43:02

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:25

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:25

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

41:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Burnley 1. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

37:45

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:45

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

37:02 Booking

Booking Scott Arfield (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:46

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:46

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

33:21

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

27:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Burnley 1. Sam Vokes (Burnley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

26:40

Penalty conceded by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

25:27

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by David Jones.

24:03

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Michael Duff.

21:50

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.

17:40

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest).

17:40

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:35

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

16:29

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamaal Lascelles.

15:18

Attempt missed. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

15:16

Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:11

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

14:10

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:10

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

12:50

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

12:03 Booking

Booking Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

11:49

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

11:49

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:45

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

7:56

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

7:56

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:21

Attempt saved. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Jara.

0:21

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:21

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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