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Nottingham Forest 3-1 Birmingham City

Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner was treated for several minutes before being taken from the field on a stretcher

Nottingham Forest beat Birmingham but their 3-1 win was marred by an injury suffered by striker Nicklas Bendtner.

Bendtner required oxygen as he was carried off the field on a stretcher, having landed awkwardly in a collision with Blues defender Michael Morrison.

The Dane had set up Eric Lichaj to open the scoring and Apostolos Vellios made it 2-0 from Henri Lansbury's cross.

Lukas Jutkiewicz headed a goal back for Blues but Hildeberto Pereira finished Ben Osborn's low pass to seal victory.

A Birmingham win could have taken Gary Rowett's side as high as second in the table, but their first away loss of the league campaign means they may be outside the top six by the time they host Rotherham on Tuesday.

Lichaj's powerful angled shot, the defender's first goal for almost a year, lit up a flat first half at the City Ground.

The only other talking point before the interval was Lansbury's disallowed free-kick, with referee Jeremy Simpson initially awarding a goal and then reversing his decision following consultation with his assistant.

Forest's win came hours after owner Fawaz Al Hasawi announced he is close to agreeing a deal to sell the club.

Al Hasawi, who took control of Forest in 2012, would not reveal the identity of the buyers but BBC Sport understands that a United States consortium, led by millionaire John Jay Moores, is on the verge of securing a £50m deal.

Head coach Philippe Montanier told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I enjoyed the victory. We've worked hard during the international break and we applied what we worked on during that period.

"Bendtner's injury is a bad point of this evening. We don't know how serious it is. I hope it is not very serious.

"When you go off on a stretcher, you always worry. We hope to have more news on Saturday."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett told BBC WM: "We weren't anywhere near the standards we've set so far this season, certainly in the first half. We were a little bit too predictable.

"We wanted to do much better in the second half and there was a real determination to do that. We ended up at 2-1 and we looked as though we had put them under some real pressure.

"I wasn't overly happy with one or two decisions, but I thought Forest deserved it. They showed more energy and desire."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5MillsBooked at 66mins
  • 27Perquis
  • 6TraoreSubstituted forPereiraat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Vaughan
  • 8Cohen
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forLamat 82'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 11Osborn
  • 14BendtnerSubstituted forVelliosat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Dumitru
  • 17Pereira
  • 22Kasami
  • 28Lam
  • 30Henderson
  • 37Grant
  • 39Vellios

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Legzdins
  • 5Shotton
  • 28Morrison
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 78mins
  • 3GroundsBooked at 20mins
  • 26DavisBooked at 86minsSubstituted forBrownat 87'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forFabbriniat 64'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forDonaldsonat 70'minutes
  • 15Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 9Donaldson
  • 10Fabbrini
  • 12Wiggins
  • 18Brown
  • 20Stewart
  • 29Kuszczak
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
19,208

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Post update

    Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  10. Booking

    Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Reece Brown.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Reece Brown (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield11812148625
2Norwich117222115623
3Newcastle1171322101222
4Brighton11632147721
5Bristol City126242014620
6Birmingham125521512320
7Brentford11533189918
8Reading115331215-318
9Sheff Wed115241314-117
10Barnsley115152116516
11Leeds115151213-116
12Wolves114341514115
13Nottm Forest124352223-115
14QPR114341417-315
15Fulham113531013-314
16Burton113441616013
17Ipswich1134489-113
18Preston114161214-213
19Cardiff123271020-1011
20Aston Villa111731012-210
21Derby11245610-410
22Wigan112361214-29
23Blackburn112271220-88
24Rotherham111371125-146
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