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Nottm Forest1Bristol City0

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Bristol City

Ben Osborn
Ben Osborn scored only his second goal of the season

Ben Osborn's goal gave Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil a winning start against Bristol City.

Hundreds of Forest fans protested outside the City Ground before kick-off against owner Fawaz Al Hasawi following the latest failed takeover of the club.

But Osborn sent them home happy, with a slick free-kick routine, flicking up Matty Cash's lay-off and volleying in.

City threatened after the break, but slumped to a club record eighth successive league defeat.

Forest, playing their first game since the sacking of Philippe Montanier, went closest in a quiet first half when Cash's deflected shot forced a smart stop from Fabian Giefer.

The German keeper, making his debut after his midweek loan move from Schalke, then denied Britt Assombalonga's strike and Matt Mills as the game sparked into life after half-time.

City responded well with Jamie Paterson volleying wide and Forest keeper Stephen Henderson denying leading scorer Tammy Abraham.

The Reds had to survive intense later pressure after centre-half Mills, who replaced Henri Lansbury as skipper following his move to Aston Villa, was forced off with a groin injury.

But the hosts almost added a second goal in stoppage time when substitute Nicklas Bendtner's 40-yard effort drifted just wide.

Forest's first win in eight league games keeps them in 19th, while City, who have lost 11 of their last 12 league matches, are just two points above the relegation places in 20th.

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil: "It wasn't hard to give Ben Osborn his debut two years ago, and now he is showing the quality we knew he always had.

"We defended brilliantly in the first half. We do need more quality in the final third but that will come.

"We asked for commitment and character and as the game went on we had real men on the pitch - I'm proud of them."

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson: "Eight consecutive league defeats is a horrendous statistic. When we spoke at the start of the year about history makers, it was supposed to be positive, not a history that's bad history.

"I'm ashamed of that, of course I am, and I've said to the players that and we need to make sure we start making history in a positive way - and we can still do that this year.

"We're not in the relegation zone at this point and we need to fight our way back up the table and I believe we can."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Henderson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5MillsSubstituted forBendtnerat 55'minutes
  • 25Hobbs
  • 3Pinillos
  • 4Mancienne
  • 24Vaughan
  • 41Cash
  • 11OsbornBooked at 90mins
  • 19WardBooked at 85mins
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 13Fox
  • 14Bendtner
  • 17Pereira
  • 18Carayol
  • 38Stojkovic
  • 42Worrall
  • 45Brereton

Bristol City

  • 33Giefer
  • 42Wright
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 2LittleBooked at 35minsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 45'minutes
  • 6O'NeilSubstituted forBrownhillat 45'minutes
  • 31HegelerBooked at 71mins
  • 3Bryan
  • 20Paterson
  • 22DjuricSubstituted forTomlinat 69'minutes
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 8Brownhill
  • 10Tomlin
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 13Golbourne
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 21Pack
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
17,418

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 0.

Attempt missed. Jens Hegeler (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aden Flint with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Vaughan.

Attempt blocked. Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Booking

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Matthew Cash.

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson.

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

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

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Stephen Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

Booking

Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Brownhill following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Booking

Jens Hegeler (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jens Hegeler (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Lee Tomlin replaces Milan Djuric.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 0. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matthew Cash following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle27191754213358
2Brighton26176342182457
3Huddersfield2715483230249
4Leeds27153937271048
5Reading2614483836246
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Derby2712782721643
8Barnsley27125104641541
9Fulham261010644311340
10Norwich27124114540540
11Preston2711793734340
12Birmingham2791083136-537
13Aston Villa2781272827136
14Ipswich2797112833-534
15Brentford2796123435-133
16Cardiff2696113140-933
17QPR2796122637-1133
18Wolves2788113437-332
19Nottm Forest2786133845-730
20Bristol City2783163539-427
21Wigan2767142432-825
22Burton2767142637-1125
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2744192760-3316
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