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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Cardiff City

Aron Gunnarsson
Aron Gunnarsson gave Cariff the lead when he was left unmarked at a corner

Cardiff City moved out of the Championship relegation zone following victory at 10-man Nottingham Forest.

The Bluebirds were 2-0 up at the break through Aron Gunnarsson's unmarked header from Peter Whittingham's corner and Joe Ralls' close-range finish.

The hosts' hopes of a comeback were thwarted by Thomas Lam's sending-off for pulling back Anthony Pilkington.

Henri Lansbury's late penalty, after the Forest skipper was bundled over by Gunnarsson, set up a nervy finale.

Cardiff have picked up seven points from a possible nine under new boss Neil Warnock and are now 20th in the table, behind Forest on goal difference.

Forest's display was characterised by defensive errors, with a string of saves from goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and Cardiff's profligacy helping to keep the score down.

Left-back Armand Traore gave away possession for the second goal and Lam was dismissed - receiving Forest's fourth red card of the season - after he gifted the ball to Pilkington.

Forest have had to contend with off-field distractions recently, including an impending takeover of the club and late payments and unpaid bonuses for players.

Philippe Montanier's side lacked creativity and their only chances came from long-range efforts until Lansbury's spot-kick gave them hope of an equaliser in stoppage time.

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier:

"It was a poor, poor result. It's always the same story. We had a repeat of individual mistakes.

"At 1-0 you can come back, but then we had another mistake. It's never the same player making the individual mistake. At 2-0, it is difficult to come back.

"We never gave up, even when we went down to 10 men, and we scored at the end, but we keep making individual mistakes."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:

"Nottingham Forest are a good side with some very good players. I was hoping for a clean sheet, but once again we've let ourselves down at the death.

"It was a game we should have won comfortably.

"I've been asked about promotion. But I just said: 'Let's get out the bottom three first'. We just get carried away, don't we?

"We're nowhere near the finished article, but we've got a good bunch of players and the fans get behind us."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 2Lichaj
  • 27Perquis
  • 28LamBooked at 58mins
  • 6TraoreSubstituted forGrantat 82'minutes
  • 22Kasami
  • 8Cohen
  • 12DumitruSubstituted forAssombalongaat 69'minutes
  • 10LansburyBooked at 76mins
  • 11Osborn
  • 39Vellios

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 20Pereira Carneiro
  • 25Hobbs
  • 37Grant
  • 43Smith
  • 48Ahmedhodzic
  • 49Edser

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 13Pilkington
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forO'Keefeat 90+3'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forRichardsonat 55'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 19LambertSubstituted forNooneat 37'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Immers
  • 11Noone
  • 15Richardson
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 24K Harris
  • 27Chamakh
  • 30Wilson
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
16,539

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Cardiff City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Cardiff City 2.

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

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Peter Whittingham.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

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

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Cardiff City 2. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Booking

Kieran Richardson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Cardiff City).

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

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jorge Grant replaces Armand Traore.

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a through ball.

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

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

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Armand Traore.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Hand ball by Kieran Richardson (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga replaces Nicolao Dumitru.

Foul by Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest).

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Vladimir Stojkovic.

Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle14101330111931
2Brighton14842189928
3Huddersfield149141612428
4Norwich148332619727
5Sheff Wed147341615124
6Bristol City147252115623
7Birmingham146531916323
8Reading146441518-322
9Preston146261817120
10Leeds146261415-120
11Brentford145451914519
12Barnsley146172522319
13QPR145451619-319
14Fulham144641618-218
15Burton144551818017
16Aston Villa143831414017
17Ipswich144551012-217
18Wolves144461617-116
19Nottm Forest144372427-315
20Cardiff144371322-915
21Derby14356711-414
22Blackburn143381422-812
23Wigan142571316-311
24Rotherham1413101433-196
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