Nottingham Forest 3-0 Fulham

Matt Mills
All four of Matt Mills' goals this season have come at the City Ground

Defender Matt Mills scored twice as Nottingham Forest moved above managerless Fulham in the Championship.

Dorus de Vries denied Ross McCormack and Matt Smith as Fulham looked for the opening goal, and those saves proved vital when Mills' close-range header gave Forest a half-time lead.

Chris O'Grady pounced to convert Nelson Oliveira's parried shot for 2-0, before another Mills header from a corner.

Mills was then denied a hat-trick when his late header struck the bar.

Following two draws in his first two games in caretaker charge of Fulham, Peter Grant saw his side enjoy the better chances in the opening exchanges.

The visitors tested De Vries after just five minutes, but the goalkeeper kept out McCormack's flicked header before denying Smith when he connected with Ben Pringle's whipped cross.

The half looked to be ending goalless after O'Grady's long-range drive for Forest and another McCormack effort for the visitors, but Mills rose highest to convert a clever overhead kick from Oliveira.

Forest doubled their advantage soon after the break when O'Grady pounced to fire home from six yards after the ball ran free.

Fulham pressed for a way back into the match, but De Vries again proved to be a reliable barrier, this time saving a long-range strike from Tom Cairney.

The midfielder then skewed a header off target when well positioned, and that miss proved costly when Mills scored his second and his team's third minutes later.

Despite the bar denying the defender a hat-trick of headers in injury time, a third win in four games eased the pressure on boss Dougie Freedman, whose Forest side moved into 15th with Fulham - winless in five games - one place below them.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"I am pleased because these results have been coming for a long time.

"Now we are converting our chances, to go with our good performances, and picking up wins.

"I am very happy because it was a professional performance in what were difficult conditions for both teams. We showed resilience and determination to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

"There was a good balance between defence and attack for us. We had to work on this, we have had to come through some difficult moments and we have remained strong and professional. These are mature performances for us."

Fulham caretaker manager Peter Grant:

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Peter Grant on Fulham's loss at Nottingham Forest

"I have loved every moment of this, I have enjoyed it, but I have no interest in the job over the long term.

"The players have been a credit. They have been solid in the games we have played.

"We moved the ball as well as any side in the division. I was chuffed with that, I was chuffed with the way we played - but I do hope this is my last game.

"The club needs some stability. We all want to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4Mancienne
  • 31Pinillos
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forGrantat 79'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38OsbornSubstituted forTescheat 87'minutes
  • 17OliveiraSubstituted forTrotterat 79'minutes
  • 29O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 6Wilson
  • 18Trotter
  • 20Williams
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 32Tesche
  • 37Grant

Fulham

  • 12Lewis
  • 7Fredericks
  • 5Stearman
  • 13Ream
  • 40Husband
  • 10Cairney
  • 23O'Hara
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forHyndmanat 71'minutes
  • 18PringleSubstituted forKacaniklicat 68'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWoodrowat 67'minutes
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 15Voser
  • 16Woodrow
  • 28Hyndman
  • 42Rodak
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
18,377

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 0.

Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a set piece situation.

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest).

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Attempt blocked. Jorge Grant (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Robert Tesche replaces Ben Osborn.

Foul by James Husband (Fulham).

Jorge Grant (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Vaughan.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by James Husband.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Liam Trotter replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jorge Grant replaces Ryan Mendes.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Fulham 0. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by David Vaughan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Emerson Hyndman.

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Emerson Hyndman replaces Scott Parker.

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by James Husband (Fulham).

Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Ben Pringle.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Matt Smith.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Ben Pringle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough19123429121739
3Derby18106226111536
4Hull19105428131535
5Burnley199732619734
6Cardiff197842218429
7Birmingham198472522328
8Sheff Wed187742522328
9Ipswich197752827128
10Brentford198472625128
11Reading197662622427
12QPR197572425-126
13Blackburn195952118324
14Wolves196672424024
15Nottm Forest196581919023
16Fulham195773133-222
17Leeds195771822-422
18Preston194961516-121
19Huddersfield194691928-918
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