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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Norwich City

Nottingham Forest's Daryl Murphy (second left) heads an effort over against Norwich
Nottingham Forest's Daryl Murphy went close to opening the scoring but his first-half header went just over

Daryl Murphy's second-half goal earned Nottingham Forest a professional win over Norwich and took them to within two points of the play-off places.

Forest, who have now not drawn any of their past 25 league games, earned a ninth league win this term when Murphy turned in Mustapha Carayol's cross.

Norwich's best chance saw Marley Watkins shoot wide in the first half.

But they created very little after the break as the Reds secured a fourth consecutive home victory.

Forest, who move into seventh, just about edged an open first half.

The impressive Kieran Dowell had a low strike well saved by keeper Angus Gunn and Murphy sent a header over the bar.

Norwich struggled to create chances after the interval as the game became tighter, although Forest defender Joe Worrall made two superb defensive tackles to stop dangerous situations in the latter stages.

The Reds have now won nine and lost nine matches in the league season, with their last league draw coming against Preston North End in April last season.

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton:

"It was a very important three points. Norwich are a very good team, with a lot of talented individuals and have a real physicality about them.

"We had to be patient and we always felt it was going to be nip and tuck. The league is so demanding and relentless and you have to be prepared for games of this nature.

"I am delighted for the players, with the win and clean sheet."

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke:

"I am disappointed to lose because I thought it was our best away performance of the season.

"We controlled the whole game, we calmed the whole stadium down and had everything under control, but the only thing that was missing was a goal.

"Their goal was disappointing as we reacted too late and it was a soft goal in the end - the ball hit the chin of Murphy and it went in. Defeat is hard to accept as my lads invested so much."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 27DarikwaSubstituted forMillsat 51'minutes
  • 42Worrall
  • 4Mancienne
  • 2Lichaj
  • 7BridcuttBooked at 49mins
  • 24Vaughan
  • 11Osborn
  • 20DowellSubstituted forBouchalakisat 88'minutes
  • 10McKaySubstituted forCarayolat 69'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 5Mills
  • 16Clough
  • 17Brereton
  • 18Carayol
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 35Cummings

Norwich

  • 1Gunn
  • 2Pinto
  • 31Hanley
  • 15KloseSubstituted forZimmermannat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 4ReedBooked at 65minsSubstituted forJeromeat 85'minutes
  • 8Vrancic
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forMurphyat 74'minutes
  • 23Maddison
  • 12Watkins
  • 9Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 6Zimmermann
  • 10Jerome
  • 11Murphy
  • 17Wildschut
  • 28Franke
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
23,831

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

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

Booking

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest).

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Foul by Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest).

James Maddison (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivo Pinto.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Andreas Bouchalakis replaces Kieran Dowell.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Harrison Reed.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest).

Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Harrison Reed (Norwich City).

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Norwich City).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 0. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ivo Pinto.

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

Foul by James Maddison (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Michael Mancienne tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

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

Foul by Grant Hanley (Norwich City).

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest).

Harrison Reed (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Barrie McKay.

Offside, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann tries a through ball, but Marley Watkins is caught offside.

Foul by Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest).

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Norwich City).

Booking

Harrison Reed (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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2Cardiff18114325131237
3Sheff Utd18120631201136
4Aston Villa189542617932
5Bristol City188732718931
6Derby178542620629
7Nottm Forest189092627-127
8Middlesbrough177552215726
9Leeds178272620626
10Ipswich168172824425
11Preston186752120125
12Sheff Wed176652119224
13Brentford185852624223
14Fulham185852424023
15Norwich186571622-623
16QPR185672026-621
17Barnsley175572323020
18Millwall184771919019
19Reading175482023-319
20Hull184683032-218
21Birmingham174310925-1615
22Burton1835101235-2314
23Bolton182791531-1613
24Sunderland181892335-1211
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