Bristol City 0-0 Nott'm Forest

Nottingham Forest missed the chance to move out of the Championship drop zone as they failed to score for a fifth successive game in the goalless draw at fellow strugglers Bristol City.

Forest would have leapfrogged City with a victory.

But veteran home goalkeeper David James made two outstanding saves to deny Marcus Tudgay in each half.

City also had chances with Stephen Pearson, Martyn Woolford, Marvin Elliott and Albert Adomah going close.

Pearson saw an early effort deflected narrowly wide following good work by Nicky Maynard.

James made the difference - Cotterill

But the hosts' best chances came after the break.

Woolford sent a 25-yards effort wide and perhaps should have scored after getting on the end of Cole Skuse's cross when just six yards out.

Reds keeper Lee Camp also produced a superb double to parry Marvin Elliott's shot from the edge of the box and then block another effort from Adomah.

At the other end James did brilliantly to keep out Tudgay's half-volley and acrobatically tipped over a header from the same player.

The England keeper saved a long-range attempt from Radoslaw Majewski while Luke Chambers headed wide.

Dexter Blackstock, who was making his first start following a year out with a serious knee injury, also blazed a shot over in the closing stages while Lewin Nyatanga also fired over the bar.

But neither side could find a breakthrough meaning the Robins have now failed to beat Forest in the last 30 meetings stretching back to December 1974.

Bristol City manager Derek McInnes:

"We are disappointed not to have worked their keeper more, but it wasn't through lack of effort. Forest came for a point and worked hard to get it. We defended strongly and on the odd occasion when Forest threatened, David James showed why he has been a top goalkeeper for so many years. It is clear we could do with a more physical presence up front and that is something I need to address during the January transfer window."

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill:

"If it hadn't been for David James we might have won by three of four goals. I won't say what I called him as we were leaving the field. He has been magnificent today. Marcus Tudgay could easily be walking away with the match ball for scoring a hat-trick. We have failed to score again, but not through poor finishing. And there were a lot of positives for us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol City

  • 01 James
  • 04 Fontaine
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 36 McGivern
  • 07 Elliott
  • 08 Kilkenny (Clarkson - 90' )
  • 11 Woolford (Pitman - 66' )
  • 14 Skuse Booked
  • 27 Adomah
  • 37 Pearson Booked
  • 10 Maynard (Cisse - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Gerken
  • 18 Wilson
  • 21 Cisse
  • 16 Clarkson
  • 34 Pitman

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Cunningham
  • 04 Chambers
  • 16 Gunter
  • 33 Lynch (Moloney - 22' )
  • 07 Anderson
  • 10 McGugan
  • 14 Greening
  • 28 Majewski
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 23 Blackstock

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith
  • 27 Moloney
  • 11 Reid
  • 17 McGoldrick
  • 24 Findley
Ref: Malone
Att: 13,121

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

4 6

Corners

2 7

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

94:46 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:43

Brett Pitman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Cunningham. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:14

Effort from the edge of the area by Albert Adomah goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +1:14 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol City) makes a substitution, with David Clarkson coming on for Neil Kilkenny.

90:00 +1:01

Effort on goal by Dexter Blackstock from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

89:51

Effort on goal by Lewin Nyatanga from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

89:17

Foul by Greg Cunningham on Albert Adomah, free kick awarded. Cole Skuse restarts play with the free kick.

87:54 Substitution

Substitution Kalifa Cisse comes on in place of Nicky Maynard.

77:43

The ball is swung over by Radoslaw Majewski, Close range header by Dexter Blackstock goes wide of the left-hand upright.

76:41

Centre by Greg Cunningham, Marcus Tudgay takes a shot. Save by David James. Corner taken by Jonathan Greening from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Marvin Elliott.

74:59

Stephen Pearson takes a shot. Luke Chambers gets a block in.

73:45

Albert Adomah fouled by Jonathan Greening, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Kilkenny.

72:54

Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Chambers. The assistant referee signals for offside against Dexter Blackstock. Liam Fontaine takes the direct free kick.

71:49

Unfair challenge on Marcus Tudgay by Lewin Nyatanga results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Radoslaw Majewski. Brett Pitman fouled by Chris Gunter, the ref awards a free kick. David James restarts play with the free kick.

70:27

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Lewin Nyatanga manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Jonathan Greening from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Luke Chambers misses to the right of the goal.

69:50

Marvin Elliott challenges Greg Cunningham unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jonathan Greening, save made by David James.

66:33

The ball is swung over by Greg Cunningham, save by David James. Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening from the right by-line to the near post, Stephen Pearson makes a clearance.

65:56 Substitution

Substitution Martyn Woolford leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Pitman.

63:27

Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp. Albert Adomah takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.

61:12

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martyn Woolford, clearance made by Lewis McGugan.

58:32

Albert Adomah produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

57:25

Dexter Blackstock fouled by Albert Adomah, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Chambers.

54:23

The ball is crossed by Cole Skuse, Martyn Woolford produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

52:12

The ball is crossed by Radoslaw Majewski.

51:14

Marvin Elliott is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.

49:58

Marcus Tudgay takes a shot. Save by David James.

47:01

Lewis McGugan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Albert Adomah. Neil Kilkenny takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:48

Marvin Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis McGugan. Shot comes in from Lewis McGugan from the free kick.

41:17

The offside flag is raised against Nicky Maynard. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

37:56

Martyn Woolford has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

36:14

Radoslaw Majewski concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Elliott. Lewin Nyatanga restarts play with the free kick.

34:41

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Greening, Ryan McGivern manages to make a clearance. Jonathan Greening takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Liam Fontaine makes a clearance.

33:59

The referee penalises Martyn Woolford for handball. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan Greening from right wing, clearance made by Martyn Woolford.

29:48

Chris Gunter crosses the ball, Lewin Nyatanga gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening, Marcus Tudgay takes a shot. Save by David James.

29:07

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. David James makes a save.

28:10

Liam Fontaine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock. Free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.

24:38

Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

24:38 Booking

Booking Stephen Pearson booked for unsporting behaviour.

24:24

Stephen Pearson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis McGugan.

21:26

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan Greening, clearance made by Ryan McGivern. Jonathan Greening takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Albert Adomah manages to make a clearance.

21:26 Substitution

Substitution Brendan Moloney comes on in place of Joel Lynch.

20:55

The ball is crossed by Ryan McGivern, Joel Lynch makes a clearance.

18:51

Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.

18:51 Booking

Booking Cole Skuse is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

18:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cole Skuse on Greg Cunningham.

17:00

A cross is delivered by Paul Anderson, save by David James.

13:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Albert Adomah by Paul Anderson. Neil Kilkenny takes the free kick.

10:46

Unfair challenge on Martyn Woolford by Marcus Tudgay results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan McGivern.

9:08

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Greening by Marvin Elliott results in a free kick. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.

7:35

Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Save by David James.

5:00

Nicky Maynard takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

3:17

Outswinging corner taken by Martyn Woolford from the left by-line, clearance made by Marcus Tudgay.

0:00

The match begins.

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