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Nottingham Forest 1-1 Burnley

Simon Cox scored Nottingham Forest's equaliser against Burnley

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.

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."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 2LichajSubstituted forChalobahat 45'minutes
  • 8Cohen
  • 10LansburyBooked at 13mins
  • 25Hobbs
  • 16Lascelles
  • 12Mackie
  • 18Jara
  • 31Cox
  • 28MajewskiSubstituted forAbdounat 69'minutes
  • 21PatersonSubstituted forHendersonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Harding
  • 7Chalobah
  • 9Henderson
  • 20Tudgay
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29de Vries
  • 39Abdoun

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 15Edgar
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 37ArfieldBooked at 38mins
  • 14Jones
  • 9Vokes
  • 10Ings
  • 19KightlySubstituted forTreacyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 22Stock
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
  • 35Noble
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
22,877

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Burnley 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Keith Treacy (Burnley).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Jamie Paterson.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

  20. Post update

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