Rafik Djebbour scored on his debut as Nottingham Forest strengthened their promotion hopes with victory over Championship strugglers Yeovil.

Substitute Djebbour, signed from Olympiakos last week, stabbed home in stoppage time to seal the win.

Forest led early on when Yeovil's Byron Webster turned Jamie Paterson's shot into his own net.

Kieffer Moore equalised with a header but Simon Cox got Forest's second from close range before Djebbour struck.

Forest continue to flourish

  • Forest are unbeaten in their past 13 games in all competitions. Their latest defeat was 3-2 by Reading, in the Championship at the end of November
  • They have won six of their past seven home games in all competitions, drawing the other

Forest remain fifth following the victory, but are seven points clear of seventh-placed Ipswich.

The hosts went into the game on the back of an impressive run of form, with Billy Davies's side unbeaten in their previous 12 games in all competitions.

Yeovil, in contrast, had lost five of their previous six Championship games, a run of form that has seen them drop to the bottom of the table.

Unsurprisingly, it was the home side who dominated from the outset as Paterson saw a fourth-minute shot blocked, before Andy Reid skewed an effort wide.

Yeovil struggled to deal with the pace of Forest's attacks, and it was no surprise the hosts went in front through a swift break.

Henri Lansbury crossed for Paterson, whose shot was helped over the line by defender Webster as he tried to clear.

To Yeovil's credit, they responded well and equalised nine minutes later as Jamie McAllister crossed from the left and Moore jumped highest to head home.

Forest had struggled to forge opportunities after that setback, but retook the lead just before the break when Cox slotted in Jamie Mackie's low cross from four yards.

The home side were more effective in attack at the start of the second half, with Lansbury's drive tipped round the post by goalkeeper Marek Stech before Paterson's precise shot hit the woodwork.

And, just as Yeovil started to get on top, striker Djebbour made the points safe when he prodded in from a yard out following a goalmouth scramble.

Nottingham Forest deputy manager David Kelly said:

"It was a brilliant result and we're delighted to have come through a difficult game.

"We created quite a few chances, especially in the first 10-15 minutes and I thought we should have been further away.

"We're not talking about promotion, we really are taking it one game at a time and our biggest focus now is Preston on Wednesday in the FA Cup."

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson said:

"Nobody likes losing matches, but we have to be realistic. We started poorly and gave away a soft goal. It took us a while to get going, but once we started passing it I thought we had them worried.

"In the second half we had a couple of chances and until they got their third goal I thought we had them on the ropes at 2-1 down.

"We've definitely not given up and heads will not drop just yet. All we've got to do is keep learning and the boys have got to believe in themselves."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 18 Jara
  • 13 Fox (Harding - 62' )
  • 06 Moussi
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 05 Collins
  • 12 Mackie (Henderson - 68' )
  • 11 Reid
  • 31 Cox
  • 10 Lansbury
  • 21 Paterson (Djebbour - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Harding
  • 09 Henderson
  • 15 Halford
  • 19 Djebbour
  • 28 Majewski
  • 29 de Vries
  • 39 Abdoun

Yeovil Town

  • 01 Stech
  • 02 Ayling
  • 03 McAllister
  • 04 Edwards
  • 05 Webster
  • 15 Duffy
  • 23 Grant
  • 31 Lundstram
  • 09 Hayter (Lanzoni - 80' )
  • 13 Moore
  • 19 Ralls (Lawrence - 40' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Dawson
  • 10 Foley
  • 11 Lawrence
  • 12 Stewart
  • 18 Lanzoni
  • 24 Dunn
  • 29 Morgan
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 21,393

Match Stats

Shots

22 17

On target

4 4

Corners

9 5

Fouls

7 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Yeovil Town 1.

90:00 +3:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Yeovil Town 1.

90:00 +2:21

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:21

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

90:00 +1:37

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Byron Webster with a cross.

90:00 +0:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Yeovil Town 1. Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Cox.

90:00 +0:09

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

89:05

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

89:03

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

88:25

Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:25

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

87:57

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Darius Henderson is caught offside.

87:56

Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Guy Moussi with a headed pass.

86:00

Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross following a corner.

85:32

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Simon Cox.

85:26

Attempt blocked. Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

84:17

Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:17

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

80:46

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

79:51

Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).

79:51

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Matteo Lanzoni replaces James Hayter.

76:39

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Guy Moussi.

76:20

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Danny Collins tries a through ball, but Darius Henderson is caught offside.

75:30

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Hayter.

74:39

Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Guy Moussi.

74:17

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

73:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Rafik Djebbour replaces Jamie Paterson.

70:12

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Byron Webster.

68:02

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:02

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

67:37 Substitution

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

66:49

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

66:49

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:07

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Hayter.

65:47

Attempt missed. Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

65:07

Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:07

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

62:34

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

61:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Harding replaces Daniel Fox.

60:19

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

54:25

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Andy Reid.

53:10

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Marek Stech.

53:09

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

52:00

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

50:26

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

50:26

Foul by Joel Grant (Yeovil Town).

48:07

Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:07

Foul by Joel Grant (Yeovil Town).

46:52

Attempt saved. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross.

46:24

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

45:38

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Danny Collins.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 2, Yeovil Town 1.

45:00 +4:39 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Yeovil Town 1.

45:00 +4:09

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

45:00 +3:08

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Byron Webster.

45:00 +1:56

Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:56

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

45:00 +1:27

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

43:45

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

43:45

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:10

Attempt missed. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieffer Moore with a cross.

40:51

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

39:48

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

39:48

Foul by John Lundstram (Yeovil Town).

39:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Tom Lawrence replaces Joe Ralls because of an injury.

37:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Yeovil Town 1. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

37:36

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

36:42

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

36:42

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

35:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:02

Delay in match Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

33:54

Delay in match Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

32:27

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

31:41

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Gonzalo Jara.

31:05

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Guy Moussi tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

30:34

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:34

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

28:57

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

28:57

Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:37

Delay in match Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

24:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Yeovil Town 1. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie McAllister.

24:15

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Edwards with a headed pass.

23:19

Attempt blocked. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

21:30

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

21:30

Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:34

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Edwards.

19:25

Attempt saved. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

18:30

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.

17:59

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

17:59

James Hayter (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:47

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

16:47

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:24 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Byron Webster, Yeovil Town. Nottingham Forest 1, Yeovil Town 0.

15:20

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

14:35

Attempt blocked. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

13:25

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

10:30

Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:30

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

9:13

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:13

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

8:00

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Byron Webster.

5:55

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

5:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

4:30

Delay in match Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

4:14

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

3:03

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

3:01

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

1:30

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid.

1:23

Attempt blocked. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:15

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

0:47

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

0:47

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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