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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Reading

Hillal Soudani
Vito Mannone was beaten by Hillal Soudani's first goal for Forest since arriving from Dinamo Zagreb

Algeria international Hillal Soudani's second-half strike earned Nottingham Forest victory against Reading, who have lost their opening two Championship games.

The optimism of a sold-out City Ground was quietened by a dull first half, with Reading having the best chance when Costel Pantilimon saved Yakou Meite's effort with his legs.

But a double substitution just before the hour gave Forest extra edge, with Soudani curling in a terrific left-footed shot past Vito Mannone just 12 minutes after replacing £13.2m club record signing Joao Carvalho.

The Royals contained Forest for long spells in a match of few chances, but still await their first point of the new season.

Forest had again been busy in midweek, taking their summer arrivals to 13 with the season-long loan capture of West Ham right-back Sam Byram and deadline-day signing of Michael Hefele, but with the game coming too soon for both, it was another new boy Soudani who grabbed the limelight on his full debut.

There was no place in Reading's matchday squad for Liam Moore despite the centre-back having withdrawn his transfer request, while Reading boss Paul Clement gave striker Sam Baldock his full debut following his move from Brighton.

The Royals started the second half brightly, with Meite's header looping inches wide - one of the few moments of danger from either side - but they were unable to find the net for a fifth away game running.

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka:

"It was fresh legs that made a difference and it is important to know that everyone is important in this team.

"A player who is in the stand for one game can be on the pitch in the next game. They all need to understand that they will all have their chance.

"Hilal was trying to show that he can play very well. I am really pleased because this was an important game and an important win."

Reading boss Paul Clement told BBC Berkshire:

"It was too not bad a performance, particularly away from home against a team that played very well in their last game here.

"I thought we did enough in terms of clear-cut chances to at least score a goal, and if you get the first one you're in pole position, but we obviously haven't managed to convert the opportunities that we had.

"I thought overall our match-winning chances were better than theirs. They might have had more of the ball or maybe had more shots, but in terms of match-winning opportunities, we had the advantage.

"The reality is we're an improving team. I can see the improvement so I'm not worried."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 4Fox
  • 11Osborn
  • 5Guédioura
  • 6Colback
  • 31Bastião DiasSubstituted forCashat 56'minutes
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoSubstituted forSoudaniat 56'minutes
  • 23LolleySubstituted forRobinsonat 78'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 2Soudani
  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 12Smith
  • 14Cash
  • 18Robinson
  • 20Dawson

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 3Yiadom
  • 20Ilori
  • 5McShane
  • 24BlackettSubstituted forRichardsat 83'minutes
  • 21Meite
  • 8MeylerSubstituted forBacunaat 71'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 17BarrowBooked at 80mins
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forMcNultyat 59'minutes
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 7Bacuna
  • 10Swift
  • 22Clement
  • 27Richards
  • 28Walker
  • 29McNulty
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
27,948

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamReading
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 0.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Delay in match Yakou Meite (Reading) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Omar Richards replaces Tyler Blackett.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marc McNulty.

Foul by Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest).

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Modou Barrow (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jack Robinson replaces Joe Lolley.

Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Modou Barrow with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Leandro Bacuna replaces David Meyler.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 0. Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

Attempt blocked. Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Foul by Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest).

David Meyler (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hillel Soudani (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Marc McNulty replaces Sam Baldock.

Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Hillel Soudani replaces João Carvalho.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Gil Dias.

goal

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