Two more goals for Sam Vokes helped Burnley end Nottingham Forest's 14-game unbeaten run in the Championship as the Clarets stayed second.

Scott Arfield fired the hosts into the lead from the edge of the box before Vokes headed in at the far post.

Vokes hit a second before the break, his shot deflecting past Karl Darlow, to take his tally to 18 for the season.

On-song Sam

Sam Vokes

Sam Vokes scored 14 league goals between leaving Bournemouth in May 2008 and the start of this season.

He now has 17 this season already, plus one in the FA Cup.

Djamel Abdoun scored a penalty for Forest at the second attempt but they lost for the first time since November.

The Clarets remain unbeaten at home this season and stay eight points behind leaders Leicester, who also won.

Forest - who last lost in the league at home to Reading three months ago - are now eight points further back in fifth place and look set for another play-off campaign at best.

Arfield had already had a shot cleared off the line by Jamaal Lascelles when he nutmegged Danny Fox on the edge of the box and lashed past Darlow to open the scoring.

Sean Dyche's side doubled their lead when Kieran Trippier's cross was thumped home by Wales international Vokes, who then made it three in fortuitous circumstances when his shot looped into the net off a Forest defender.

Billy Davies's visitors were much improved after the break and struck the crossbar from a header by Lascelles, who also had an effort cleared off the line.

Substitute Simon Cox was then brought down for a penalty and while Clarets keeper Tom Heaton did superbly to keep out Abdoun's spot-kick, the Algerian buried the loose ball for a consolation.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said:

"I don't think a game is over at half-time, but I think the performance warranted it to be. I thought that was top class, I thought we were absolutely first class.

"That first half was exceptional at times, it could have been more, maybe should have been.

"There is massive expectation at Forest and you can understand why. They have a manager who understands the level. Whatever team they put out you know you are in for a game. I thought we dealt with that very well today.

"It (the promotion talk) is only outside noise, we focus on what we are doing. The mantra has been clear since pre-season, one game at a time. Never gone beyond that, they are hungry every time the whistle blows."

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies said:

"They got us at the best time possible. We are missing so many players. We lost Andy Reid yesterday with a calf problem.

"That is not taking any credit away from them because in the first 45 minutes their team competed, worked and battled much better than we did.

"We had a certain game plan before the game. To come to Burnley you have to play a certain way. You have to prepare to face a certain type of game and unfortunately for the first 45 minutes they didn't listen.

"They played a very direct game that puts you under pressure and quite simply we never handled it. We didn't do what is necessary against this type of team. We had better success second half because we changed our game. We were more aggressive, we were more energetic. But it was too little, too late."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 14 Jones
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly (Treacy - 61' )
  • 08 Marney
  • 09 Vokes (Barnes - 76' )
  • 10 Ings
  • 37 Arfield

Substitutes

  • 07 Wallace
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long
  • 30 Barnes

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 15 Halford
  • 13 Fox Booked
  • 18 Jara (Henderson - 82' )
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 05 Collins
  • 21 Paterson
  • 06 Moussi (Greening - 75' Booked )
  • 19 Djebbour (Cox - 75' )
  • 12 Mackie
  • 39 Abdoun

Substitutes

  • 02 Lichaj
  • 03 Harding
  • 09 Henderson
  • 14 Greening
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
  • 31 Cox
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 14,928

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

6 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +3:35

Attempt missed. Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

90:00 +2:58

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

90:00 +2:58

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

90:00 +1:45

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

90:00 +0:47

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +0:47

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

89:54

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:54

Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

88:50 Booking

Booking Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

88:15

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

88:15

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:03

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Heaton.

87:18

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

87:18

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

86:39

Attempt saved. Keith Treacy (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

86:06

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Djamel Abdoun.

84:35

Foul by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

84:35

Keith Treacy (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:20

Attempt missed. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

81:40

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

81:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Gonzalo Jara.

80:11

Delay in match Ben Mee (Burnley) because of an injury.

79:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 1. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

78:59

Penalty saved! Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

78:13

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox draws a foul in the penalty area.

78:13

Penalty conceded by Michael Duff (Burnley) after a foul in the penalty area.

77:45

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:45

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

76:04

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

76:04

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

75:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Sam Vokes.

74:53

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

74:53

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

74:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jonathan Greening replaces Guy Moussi.

74:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox replaces Rafik Djebbour.

73:28

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Jones.

72:38

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

71:52

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Djamel Abdoun tries a through ball, but Rafik Djebbour is caught offside.

70:26

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Ings.

69:29

Foul by Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest).

69:29

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:34

Attempt missed. Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

67:46

Attempt missed. Michael Duff (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Marney following a corner.

67:08

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

65:56

Foul by Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest).

65:56

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

65:33

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Mee with a cross.

62:46

Attempt blocked. Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Fox with a cross.

62:20

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Mee.

60:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Michael Kightly.

59:57

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

59:57

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

59:37

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

58:30

Attempt missed. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Dean Marney.

54:33

Offside, Burnley. Michael Duff tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

52:23

Attempt blocked. Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

47:59

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross following a corner.

47:43

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

47:05

Attempt saved. Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

46:40

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

46:40

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:14 Booking

Booking Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 0.

44:05

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

44:05

Foul by Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest).

37:50

Foul by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

37:50

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

37:18

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Greg Halford.

34:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 0. Sam Vokes (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Mee.

33:26

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Rafik Djebbour tries a through ball, but Jamie Paterson is caught offside.

32:53

Offside, Burnley. David Jones tries a through ball, but Michael Duff is caught offside.

32:18

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

32:18

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:06

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:06

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

29:59

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Ings following a corner.

29:22

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

29:19

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dean Marney.

27:25

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

27:25

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:15

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

24:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

20:41

Attempt missed. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

17:16

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

16:10

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

16:10

Foul by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

15:25

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

13:13

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

11:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Jones.

10:12

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

10:12

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:57

Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

6:09

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:09

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

2:48

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Greg Halford.

1:44

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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