Henri Lansbury scored two first-half penalties as Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches with a crushing win over Blackburn Rovers.

Forest made a blistering start and deservedly led 2-0 through two powerful spot-kicks - one for a disputed foul by Grant Hanley, and the second following a clumsy challenge by Adam Henley.

Ben Marshall's fine curled effort gave Rovers hope.

But Jamie Paterson's solo goal and Andy Reid's fierce shot sealed Forest's win.

Reid's powerful 20-yard shot ensured an emphatic feel to an impressive display at the City Ground.

But the margin of a victory which ensures the Reds stay in fifth place could have been even greater.

Home comforts

Forest have won all their last four games in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and conceding just two.

The hosts created four chances in the first 10 minutes, David Vaughan going close with a swerving strike, Greg Halford and Simon Cox sending efforts wide and Lansbury's fine low shot forcing a brilliant save from away goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.

However, Lansbury was not be denied for long, winning the opening penalty as he went down under slight contact from Hanley.

Rovers were furious but the midfielder scored with a low shot and then doubled the lead with another well-struck spot-kick after Paterson teased Henley into a foul in the box.

Within three minutes, a long throw from Tommy Spurr saw the ball break for Marshall and he bent a glorious shot past goalkeeper Karl Darlow to put Rovers back in the game.

Spurr twice came close to an equaliser after the break, Karl Darlow saving well from a flicked effort before the defender headed over from close range.

But after Lansbury was denied a hat-trick by Eastwood, Paterson skipped past three defenders and fired home a low shot for his fifth goal in three games to make it 3-1.

Reid rounded things off with a lovely 20-yard injury-time strike into the roof of the net.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"It is important to be on an unbeaten run, but we also need to get some of the injured players back in our side.

"We are missing some key players, particularly in defence. But we have momentum, we have confidence, and we will keep working away. We have been playing good stuff in recent months, we have been creating chances.

"We have goals throughout our side, we have scored good goals from different areas of our team, which is important. We know we can create a lot of chances, as we did again today. We are just delighted to get another three points.

"The market is very interesting in January, we will keep working away."

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer was angered by the performance of referee Darren Deadman:

"Why do you ask me if the referee cost us the match? You have answered your own question. I agree with you. "I am not being clever. You have asked the question on the back of what you have seen here today.

"Chris Taylor got rugby-tackled to the ground, Grant Hanley got tackled to the ground and the referee is in full visible sight of it, but can't give it. There needs to be something done to improve the game. The referee just told me that both of them were penalties.

"We have to take it on the chin, we have to go again. We can't turn back time. They are not going to give us a replay. You just hope that the assessors write a report and that the referee sees it and looks to improve."

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 18 Jara
  • 03 Harding Booked
  • 24 Vaughan (Moussi - 74' )
  • 15 Halford
  • 05 Collins
  • 12 Mackie (Derbyshire - 73' )
  • 11 Reid
  • 31 Cox (Henderson - 79' )
  • 10 Lansbury Booked
  • 21 Paterson

Substitutes

  • 06 Moussi
  • 09 Henderson
  • 17 Miller
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 28 Majewski
  • 29 de Vries
  • 39 Abdoun

Blackburn Rovers

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 27 Henley
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe
  • 16 Dann
  • 05 Hanley Booked
  • 12 Marshall
  • 17 Williamson (King - 54' )
  • 39 Gestede (Rhodes - 58' )
  • 45 Cairney
  • 19 Taylor Booked (Dunn - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 07 King
  • 08 Dunn
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 24 Morris
  • 34 Kean
  • 38 Goodwillie
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 22,456

Match Stats

Shots

20 16

On target

9 5

Corners

4 8

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +5:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Blackburn Rovers 1. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

90:00 +2:30

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darius Henderson.

90:00 +1:43

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Guy Moussi.

90:00 +0:43

Attempt saved. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:13

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

86:15

Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

85:07 Booking

Booking Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

85:01

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:01

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

84:09

Attempt missed. Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

83:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:34

Delay in match Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

81:59

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:59

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

79:56

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:56

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

78:43

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:43

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

78:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Simon Cox.

77:28

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

77:28

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:23

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

74:55

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Chris Taylor.

73:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Guy Moussi replaces David Vaughan.

72:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Jamie Mackie.

71:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Reid.

70:36

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

69:53

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

68:52

Attempt saved. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

68:31

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

67:56

Attempt blocked. Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

66:17

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

66:11

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:17 Booking

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

63:06

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

63:06

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:53

Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

60:15

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

60:08

Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes replaces Rudy Gestede.

57:34

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

56:15

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:15

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

56:02

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

54:23

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:23

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

53:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Lee Williamson because of an injury.

52:59

Delay in match Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

52:20

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

50:28

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

50:28

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:36

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

47:36

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:01

Attempt missed. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner.

46:41

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

46:37

Attempt saved. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Dann with a headed pass.

45:52

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

45:52

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

45:00 +3:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

45:00 +1:38

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

45:00 +1:38

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:28

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Danny Collins tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

44:12

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

44:12

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:35

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

43:32

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

41:06

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:06

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

40:17

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

39:27

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross following a corner.

38:55

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

38:53

Attempt saved. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gonzalo Jara.

37:31

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

37:31

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

35:45

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Greg Halford.

35:35

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

33:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

32:53

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson draws a foul in the penalty area.

32:53

Penalty conceded by Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

30:37

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

29:34 Booking

Booking Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:08

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

29:08

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:04

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

26:38

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

22:43

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

22:43

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:32

Attempt missed. Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a set piece situation.

20:59

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

20:59

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:09

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

16:07

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

14:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

13:56 Booking

Booking Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

13:23

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury draws a foul in the penalty area.

13:23

Penalty conceded by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

11:20

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

9:39

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

9:38

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

8:17

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

7:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

5:45

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a set piece situation.

5:11

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:11

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

4:30

Attempt saved. David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gonzalo Jara.

2:04

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Nottingham Forest

• Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions. Their last defeat was 3-2 at home to Reading in the Championship at the end of November.

• Nottingham Forest have drawn 11 league games this season - more than any other side in the Championship.

• Nottingham Forest have won their last three home games in all competitions, scoring nine goals.

Blackburn

• Blackburn have won their last two games in the Championship. The last time they won three successive league games was from May to August 2010.

• Blackburn have lost only one of their last seven league games. Their only league defeat since early last month was 3-2 at home to Birmingham on 29 December.

• Blackburn are unbeaten in their last three away games in the Championship, winning the last two.