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Nottingham Forest 1-1 Fulham

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the City Ground
Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner's goal was his first in English football since January 2014

Nicklas Bendtner scored his first Nottingham Forest goal but Fulham hit back for a deserved draw.

Bendtner, who struck the bar with a thunderous 25-yard strike before the break, volleyed the hosts ahead.

Fulham levelled when Tom Cairney slotted the ball in from close range after the Reds failed to clear.

The visitors, who like Forest are now winless in five games, pushed for a winner but wasted late chances in a game full of poor finishing.

Former Arsenal striker Bendtner, one of six changes from Saturday's last-minute defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, had two glorious opportunities to open the scoring.

His first effort came thudding back off the bar, but his second chance should have found the net. The Dane kept his shot low from Mustapha Carayol's pull-back but was far from convincing allowing keeper David Button to save with his feet.

In between, Fulham had an even better opportunity with Matt Smith's point-blank header somehow kept out by a breathtaking one-handed stop from Reds keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

More missed chances followed after the interval, notably when the otherwise impressive Sone Aluko hooked the ball over the bar from two yards when it seemed impossible to miss.

But after Cairney side-footed in Scott Malone's cross, Fulham pressed for a winner and came close to finding it, Smith having a strike ruled out for offside and substitute Chris Martin forcing another fine save from Stojkovic.

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier:

"It was a tough and physical game and it could easily have ended 3-3. There were plenty of opportunities for both teams and it was played at a high tempo. It was important for us to have a decent result after three defeats to end this bad period.

"I thought if we scored first then we would go on to win the game, then again if Fulham had got the first goal then they could have thoroughly protected the lead and won.

"I made six changes - Fulham made five - and some of the players were very tired while Henri Lansbury was suspended and so we needed to freshen it up. It will be good for us to have the international break to recuperate and have a good break, the players need it."

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"My team showed a reaction after the embarrassing game against Bristol City but I am disappointed we didn't score a second and win the game. We created enough chances to have won the game but if we stay calm then the goals will come.

"The whole team played well, we all worked together and created plenty of chances and there is improvement to come.

"We have to be confident on the ball and be organised. Our one big problem is at home, when we don't have the ball, but we did that very well. Our movement was very good. We have to follow this up now."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 27Perquis
  • 13FoxBooked at 78mins
  • 24Vaughan
  • 22Kasami
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forPereira Carneiroat 55'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 12DumitruBooked at 40minsSubstituted forPereiraat 72'minutes
  • 14BendtnerSubstituted forVelliosat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mills
  • 8Cohen
  • 17Pereira
  • 20Pereira Carneiro
  • 30Henderson
  • 37Grant
  • 39Vellios

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 4Odoi
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 13Ream
  • 3MaloneSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 81'minutes
  • 8Parker
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 20PiazonSubstituted forMartinat 68'minutes
  • 10CairneySubstituted forAdeniranat 89'minutes
  • 24Aluko
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 14Johansen
  • 15Madl
  • 23Sánchez Ruiz
  • 25Martin
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 35Adeniran
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
17,388

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Damien Perquis.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Vladimir Stojkovic.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Dennis Adeniran replaces Tom Cairney.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Nicklas Bendtner.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Mancienne with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Licá (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

As It Stood

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1Huddersfield10712138522
2Norwich96211610620
3Brighton10532126618
4Brentford10523189917
5Bristol City105231711617
6Birmingham10451139417
7Sheff Wed105231212017
8Reading105231114-317
9Newcastle95131771016
10Barnsley105142014616
11Wolves104331412215
12Fulham10352911-214
13Ipswich1034388013
14Leeds104151012-213
15Nottm Forest103341820-212
16QPR103341216-412
17Aston Villa101721010010
18Burton102441416-210
19Preston103161014-410
20Derby1023559-49
21Wigan102261214-28
22Blackburn102261219-78
23Cardiff10226817-98
24Rotherham101361124-136
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