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Burnley 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Sam Vokes

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.

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."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 14Jones
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 19KightlySubstituted forTreacyat 61'minutes
  • 8Marney
  • 9VokesSubstituted forBarnesat 76'minutes
  • 10Ings
  • 37Arfield


  • 7Wallace
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
  • 30Barnes

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 15Halford
  • 13FoxBooked at 47mins
  • 18JaraSubstituted forHendersonat 82'minutes
  • 16Lascelles
  • 5Collins
  • 21Paterson
  • 6MoussiSubstituted forGreeningat 75'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 19DjebbourSubstituted forCoxat 75'minutes
  • 12Mackie
  • 39Abdoun


  • 2Lichaj
  • 3Harding
  • 9Henderson
  • 14Greening
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29de Vries
  • 31Cox
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Djamel Abdoun.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

5Nottm Forest321413553351855
15Sheff Wed31812113838036
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