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Nottingham Forest 0-3 Preston North End

Billy Bodin celebrates scoring his first goal for Preston against Nottingham Forest
Billy Bodin joined Preston from Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee on 3 January

Preston climbed to within three points of the Championship play-off places with victory at Nottingham Forest.

Billy Bodin put the visitors in front with his first goal for the club, slotting past Jordan Smith from Callum Robinson's through ball.

Tom Barkhuizen doubled the lead, heading home Paul Gallagher's corner.

Preston, who left out striker Jordan Hugill amid interest from Crystal Palace, then sealed the win when Daniel Johnson fired in from the penalty spot.

Victory at the City Ground was a first in 15 years for Preston, playing without Hugill after manager Alex Neil "decided a team fully focused on the game" was required.

His team choice eventually proved to be the right one, though Nottingham Forest had the better of the early chances with Apostolos Vellios twice unable to convert.

But the Reds were unable to turn their opportunities into a single shot on target and couldn't handle an improved Preston side after the break.

Defeat for the hosts was their third in four games under new boss Aitor Karanka, leaving them 15th in the table, nine points above the relegation zone.

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I feel embarrassed, I can understand the people today who left before the finish of the game.

"It's been a poor game, a poor performance but we have to keep going and feel confident.

"In the second half we looked like a team without soul, without spirit, and it's unbelievable that 10 days ago we played against Wolves [a 2-0 win] in that way."

Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I thought it was a really good performance from Billy. I think for him, when a lad moves club, particularly from one part of the country to another, there's a lot of upheaval.

"He's moving his life, he'd moving home, he's coming away from his girlfriend or his parents and there's a lot of things to get in order, and it's like anything else, if you're not settled off the pitch then on the pitch you don't do as well as you usually would.

"Jordan came to the game, he watched the game from the stands.

"I had a chat with him before the game and said to him I'm removing you from the team because I think at this moment in time your mind's not going to be on the game as much as we require it to be."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 27DarikwaBooked at 45mins
  • 42Worrall
  • 4Mancienne
  • 13FoxBooked at 44mins
  • 24VaughanBooked at 86mins
  • 11Osborn
  • 14Cash
  • 20Dowell
  • 10McKaySubstituted forBreretonat 62'minutes
  • 39VelliosSubstituted forWardat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 16Clough
  • 17Brereton
  • 19Ward
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 14Fisher
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 32Earl
  • 4PearsonSubstituted forMoultat 85'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forJohnsonat 80'minutes
  • 39BodinBooked at 75mins
  • 8Browne
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHorganat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 15Woods
  • 17Spurr
  • 21Moult
  • 22Maxwell
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
22,044

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Preston North End 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Preston North End 3.

Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan replaces Callum Robinson.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Moult (Preston North End).

Booking

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Louis Moult replaces Ben Pearson.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Preston North End 3. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Preston North End. Billy Bodin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Paul Gallagher.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward replaces Apostolos Vellios.

Booking

Billy Bodin (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Billy Bodin (Preston North End).

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

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Darnell Fisher with a cross.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Foul by Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jordan Smith.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Brereton replaces Barrie McKay.

Foul by Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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