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Nottm Forest2MK Dons1

Nottingham Forest 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Ryan Mendes
Nottingham Forest winger Ryan Mendes is on loan from Lille

Nottingham Forest's early onslaught earned a fourth successive home league win, despite a late MK Dons revival.

The hosts took the lead after just two minutes when Nelson Oliveira fired a left-footed shot past David Martin.

Ryan Mendes then stabbed in at the second attempt from a Daniel Pinillos cross to double Forest's lead.

The Dons rallied but Dorus de Vries saved Nicky Maynard's penalty before Josh Murphy's first-time strike set up a nervous finish.

MK Dons went into the game with just one away victory all season and were soon facing an uphill battle when Oliveira rifled in his fifth goal of the season from Mendes' through-ball.

De Vries was forced into a save by Rob Hall's free-kick but it was soon 2-0, with Mendes getting in front of Dean Lewington to finish while on the ground.

Oliveira then rolled a shot wide after being put through one-on-one with Martin by Mendes' header.

As the Dons responded, De Vries made a save with his legs from Dean Bowditch's shot before Oliveira struck the post with a dipping shot from 30 yards.

The introduction of Murphy from the bench gave the visitors further impetus and he won a penalty when Eric Lichaj dragged him down, but De Vries guessed correctly to keep out Maynard's spot-kick.

Murphy played a one-two with Lewington and swept into the bottom corner to finally reduce the deficit, but Forest held on to make it five Championship games unbeaten.

The win moves Forest up to 13th, while MK Dons drop to 21st, just a point above the relegation zone.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"We had to make sure we defended properly in the last 10 or 15 minutes and credit to the lads for that.

"MK Dons had nothing to lose and they threw on a few subs and fired the ball into the box.

"But what really pleased me was the start to the game we made. We got two goals, could have got three in the first 20 minutes had Nelson put away another chance.

"Nelson has that cutting edge and he is only going to get better for us."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson:

"I thought we were the best team, beyond our mistakes in the first half.

"I thought we dominated territorially. We created chances. The difference is when you have the kind of quality players that Forest do playing against you.

"But we have pushed them hard by playing good passing football, not by lumping the ball into the box or kicking them.

"I am proud of the way we came to Forest and played. I did think we were going to get something out of the game. Our substitutions made us stronger."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2LichajBooked at 78mins
  • 5Mills
  • 4Mancienne
  • 31PinillosSubstituted forHobbsat 71'minutes
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forWardat 80'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 24Vaughan
  • 38Osborn
  • 29O'Grady
  • 17OliveiraSubstituted forTrotterat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Trotter
  • 19Ward
  • 20Williams
  • 23Blackstock
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 32Tesche

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12SpenceSubstituted forBakerat 76'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6KayBooked at 49mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 14Carruthers
  • 8Potter
  • 38Hall
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forMurphyat 63'minutes
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forGallagherat 77'minutes
  • 28Maynard

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Baker
  • 13Gallagher
  • 17Powell
  • 22Cropper
  • 31Murphy
  • 39Poyet
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
19,975

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, MK Dons 1.

Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

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

Sam Gallagher (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Trotter (Nottingham Forest).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Delay in match Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jamie Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Liam Trotter replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, MK Dons 1. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward replaces Ryan Mendes.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Penalty saved! Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty MK Dons. Josh Murphy draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Sam Gallagher replaces Dean Bowditch.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Carl Baker replaces Jordan Spence.

Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Dean Bowditch (MK Dons).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Ryan Mendes is caught offside.

Foul by Antony Kay (MK Dons).

Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jack Hobbs replaces Daniel Pinillos because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt missed. Robert Hall (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Josh Murphy replaces Ben Reeves.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Vaughan.

Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough22144433122146
2Derby22128233132044
3Brighton22111013123843
4Hull22125531161541
5Burnley22108430201038
6Ipswich229763129234
7Birmingham229672723433
8Cardiff228952723433
9Brentford229583432232
10Sheff Wed217952826230
11QPR227872728-129
12Blackburn2161052218428
13Nottm Forest227782221128
14Reading217682725227
15Leeds216872124-326
16Preston2151061717025
17Wolves216782728-125
18Fulham225983639-324
19Huddersfield2256112434-1021
20Bristol City2248102138-1720
21MK Dons2254131830-1219
22Rotherham2253142438-1418
23Charlton2246121938-1918
24Bolton22111101833-1514
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