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Nottm ForestNottingham Forest1BlackburnBlackburn Rovers3

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Blackburn Rovers

Rudy Gestede
Rudy Gestede scored Blackburn's second goal to take him to six for the season

Nottingham Forest lost at home for the first time this season as Blackburn came from behind to win at the City Ground.

Matty Fryatt put Forest ahead after Britt Assombalonga's effort hit the post and kindly fell to him.

Rovers pushed forward and scored three times in 11 minutes in the second half.

Alex Baptiste fired them level, Rudy Gestede's header put them in front and Jordan Rhodes's effort from the edge of the area secured three points.

Stuart Pearce's Forest impressed in the first half, with both Assombalonga and Fryatt wasting good opportunities.

Blackburn at Nottingham Forest
Blackburn have won six of the last 11 meetings at the City Ground in all competitions, drawing three and losing just two.

The pair combined for the opening goal, with Robert Tesche finding Assombalonga, whose bending shot hit the upright and rebounded to Fryatt, who finished into an empty net.

Blackburn levelled after keeper Karl Darlow failed to deal with a Ben Marshall cross and defender Baptiste drilled in.

Henri Lansbury nearly restored the home side's lead but was denied first by a Jason Steele save and then the post.

The visitors secured all three points as Gestede headed home from Lee Williamson's cross and then Rhodes pounced on a defensive error to place a shot inside the far post.

Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

"We were reasonably pleased in the first half to come in ahead. We felt we could get on top of them in the second half; we felt we could get a second goal.

"But we did not take the game by the scruff of the neck and the more Blackburn got on top of us, the more we did not show the leadership required to stem the flow.

"It was a disappointing afternoon and I am not going to gloss over that."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We have put performances like that in before this season, we have shown that we can create chances.

"We have ability in the dressing room to create chances and score goals.

"It is important for us to get on a run now. But if you look at the Championship there are probably 15 teams who could break into the play-off places with a couple of wins."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 17Hunt
  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Wilson
  • 3Harding
  • 27Burke
  • 32TescheSubstituted forPatersonat 80'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 18Antonio
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 7FryattSubstituted forLansburyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 10Lansbury
  • 13Fox
  • 16Lascelles
  • 21Paterson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 29de Vries

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14Olsson
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 90mins
  • 29EvansBooked at 35minsSubstituted forGestedeat 63'minutes
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forConwayat 78'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forVarneyat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 32Conway
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
27,345

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

  4. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

  9. Booking

    Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Jordan Rhodes.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by David Vaughan with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1475224121226
2Watford1475226151126
3Wolves147522115626
4Bournemouth1473428141424
5Middlesbrough147341912724
6Norwich1465322121023
7Nottm Forest145722316722
8Blackburn146442120122
9Charlton145721615122
10Ipswich145632016421
11Cardiff145451817119
12Sheff Wed144731111019
13Brentford145451619-319
14Reading145361823-518
15Millwall144551416-217
16Rotherham144551518-317
17Huddersfield144551925-617
18Leeds144461418-416
19Wigan143651415-115
20Fulham144281925-614
21Brighton142751316-313
22Bolton143291324-1111
23Birmingham142571228-1611
24Blackpool141310822-146
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